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UN agency accuses Yemeni rebels of stealing aid deliveries

A truck carries aid on a road in Aden, Yemen, in this July 23, 2018, photo. Relief workers in Yemen said armed factions often manipulate lists of thos...
A bucket filled with bread at a shelter for displaced persons in Ibb, Yemen, is shown in this Aug. 3, 2018, photo. AP’s investigation found that large...
A man sells aid supplies at a market in Aden, Yemen, in this July 23, 2018, photo. Throughout Yemen, food that is supposed to be given for free to sta...

A truck carries aid on a road in Aden, Yemen, in this July 23, 2018, photo. Relief workers in Yemen said armed factions often manipulate lists of thos...

A bucket filled with bread at a shelter for displaced persons in Ibb, Yemen, is shown in this Aug. 3, 2018, photo. AP’s investigation found that large...

A man sells aid supplies at a market in Aden, Yemen, in this July 23, 2018, photo. Throughout Yemen, food that is supposed to be given for free to sta...

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N.'s food agency has accused Yemen's Houthi rebels of stealing "from the mouths of hungry people" and diverting food deliveries.

Monday's strongly worded statement came after the World Food Program said it collected evidence showing the rebels diverted shipments of food sent to help alleviate the country's humanitarian crisis.

The Associated Press has also reported on the warring sides stealing food deliveries in Yemen.

The World Food Program says it obtained photographic evidence showing rebel trucks seizing food and rebels manipulating lists of aid recipients.

The WFP is helping 12 million hungry people in Yemen and wants an "overhaul of the relief system," including biometric registration. It says the rebels resist such measures.

David Beasley, executive director of the U.N.'s food program, says "this criminal behavior must stop immediately."


Updated : 2021-04-21 17:22 GMT+08:00