Sharp disputes erupted after Iran-backed Houthis imposed conditions and restrictions on international organizations

Sharp disputes erupted between a number of international organizations operating in Yemen and the Iran-backed Houthis, after the latter  imposed conditions and restrictions.

The Houthi militia have put forward conditions on a number of international organizations, after some of them announced the complete suspension of their activities for the second half of this year, and others reduced their aid, due to "a severe lack of funding". Three sources working in international organizations told Khabar Agency.

The sources, who requested not to be mentioned, said that the Houthis stipulated that the organizations allocate aid to their members who are registered in the lists of the so-called "popular committees", and to the families of their war dead and wounded.

The second condition stipulated allocating the highest percentage to the people of Sa’ada governorate, followed by Hajjah, then Amran and Sana’a, while the governorates of Mahwit, Dhamar, Ibb, and the rest of the districts under their control in the governorates of Taiz, Baydha, Hodeidah and Dhale’e take the least percentage as they are least harmful.

The third condition, according to the sources, stipulated the obligation of international organizations to dispense with Yemeni female employees working with the organizations, provided that the militia choose the female employees themselves.

In the face of the rejection of some of these conditions by some organizations, considering them to be a Houthi self-administration, which could lead to major violations that would expose them to international accountability, the dispute between the two parties erupted.

Since the beginning of the war in 2015, the militia have imposed many restrictions on the organizations, most notably the imposition of administrative and field staff from their elements and their supervision of the activities and assistance, imposing financial percentages on service projects.