NGOs have accused the Houthis of imposing obstacles to the distribution of aid, leading to its spoilage
Houthis destroy seven tons of expired and damaged humanitarian aid in Hodeidah
Houthi authorities in Yemen's Red Sea city of Hodeidah destroyed about seven tons of humanitarian food and medicine they say had gone bad, according to an official in the port city’s prosecution office.
Judge Ahmed Hameed Al-Abdali, who supervised the destruction of the supplies, said that some of the aid had passed its expiry date and some was ruined due to poor storage and exposure to high heat and humidity.
The destroyed goods, which belonged to the French humanitarian organization Action Contre la Faim (ACF), ranged from food including wheat and cooking oil to medical supplies such as intravenous serums and vitamins, he said.
Al-Abdali said he undertook the required legal procedures to prove the supplies were ruined before destroying them, warning that if consumed they would have caused detrimental side effects.
International NGOs have repeatedly accused the Houthis of imposing obstacles to the distribution of aid, which has led to the damage or spoilage of the humanitarian supplies.