US restores aid to Houthi-held northern Yemen
IslamNews – The U.S. is set to resume humanitarian assistance to areas controlled by the Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to a notification from the Biden administration to aid groups and U.S. lawmakers Thursday.
The resumed funding, which will come with new monitoring mechanisms, could not come at a more urgent time. Six years of fighting has not abated and the war-torn Arab country teeters on the brink of famine, according to the World Food Program, with over 70% of the country requiring food assistance.
The Trump administration halted some funding to Houthi areas, citing the obstruction of their authorities, who imposed taxes, harassed aid workers and stole aid.
“This is going to open up new avenues to save lives. Life-saving programs that were taken offline will be able to be resumed and that is going to have a really important impact on those communities that a year ago, for reasons that had nothing to do with their situation, lost aid that they had depended on,” said Scott Paul, senior humanitarian policy advisor at Oxfam America, which operates in Yemen.