Houthis use millions of Yemenis hostages to extort the world to pay them, Info. Minister says
Yemen’s Minister of Information said the Houthis are using millions of Yemenis in their areas of control as hostages to extort the world [to pay them.
Muammar al-Eryani was remarking on reports from the Associated Press that the rebel militia had blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the country as a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance.
He said the AP’s report unveiled Wednesday was “shocking.” “The Houthis demanded a 2% cut from the entire aid budget be given to them.”
Al-Eryani said the report confirms what the Yemeni government always warned of; that the Houthi militia is exploiting the humanitarian situations for the cheap aim of gaining money to their pockets and to finance the militia’s war effort.