Yemen rebels deny UN accusations of stealing aid deliveries

A worn-out list of registered names for aid by Relief International, part of the World Food Program, is posted in Aden, Yemen in this July 23, 2018 ph...
A shelter for displaced persons in Ibb, Yemen, is shown in this Aug. 3, 2018, photo. Yemen’s four-year-old civil war has caused a humanitarian disaste...

A worn-out list of registered names for aid by Relief International, part of the World Food Program, is posted in Aden, Yemen in this July 23, 2018 ph...

A shelter for displaced persons in Ibb, Yemen, is shown in this Aug. 3, 2018, photo. Yemen’s four-year-old civil war has caused a humanitarian disaste...

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels are denying accusations by the United Nations food agency that they are stealing "from the mouths of hungry people" and diverting food deliveries.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, head of the Supreme Revolutionary Council, says in a statement Tuesday the rebels were "surprised" by World Food Program allegations.

He says WFP "did not communicate officially" with the rebels regarding the alleged theft of aid.

WFP said Monday 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 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.