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Government and Houthis Accused of Blocking Aid to Sada'a
  Written By:  Abdul Rahim Al-Showthabi (YEMEN POST STAFF) 
  Article Date:
November 24, 2008



Human Rights Watch called on the Yemeni government and Houthis to allow international aid to access civilians affected during the war between the government and Huthies, clamming that they were usually prevented from accessing rural areas at military checkpoints.

In its new delivered report, Human Rights Watch expressed its disappointment over the Yemeni government's procedures taken to block international organizations from entering affected rural areas and do not have prior permission from the government.

Further, it accused the government of blocking the movement of commercial goods to far rural areas in the affected region, considering it as an illegal punishment against thousands of affected citizens.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch said that Houthis blocked basic necessities, including both humanitarian assistance and commercial trade, to access civilian population under their control.

According to the report, non-governmental humanitarian organizations have imposed secret and public pressure on the government and Houthis to retreat back from the illegal restrictions made against humanitarian aid's access to civilians in the affected regions.

International humanitarian law provides that a civilian population suffering hardship is entitled to receive humanitarian relief essential to its survival.