Informed sources revealed the involvement of two ministers in the Yemeni government in facilitating the access of funds for international organizations to the Houthi militia, in coordination with officials in those organizations.
The sources told Kahabar Agency that Waed Abdullah Bazeeb, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, and Tawfeeq Abdul Wahed Al-Sharjabi, Minister of Water and Environment in the Yemeni government, signed dozens of projects with several international organizations, including UNICEF, that pump their money into the container of the Houthis, and implement them with their approval in Houthis controlled-areas, under allegations that they are being implemented in all Yemeni regions.
The sources questioned the motives of government complicity and facilitation in the arrival of organizational support in a suspicious manner to the Houthis, which would improve their image in an attempt to fill the void of the absence of the state, and mitigate the growing societal discontent towards them as a result of their continued plundering of the enormous revenues, which have multiplied five times what they were in late 2014.
The Houthis recently announced the tender for the public works project in Sanaa, which was submitted on a grant from the World Bank through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), for the rehabilitation of 47 schools in the governorates of Ibb and Taiz, in addition to new support under the cover of implementing sustainable projects in the water and sanitation sector at a value of $88 million, and road leveling and asphalting projects, funded by the World Bank through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), at a cost of $4.5 million, under the supervision of the Rural Roads Fund.
The Houthis announced through media this month that they laid the foundation stone for 40 rural water and environmental sanitation projects in the directorates of Saada Governorate, the main stronghold of the Houthis, at a total cost of $3 million, funded by donors, in addition to laying the foundation stone for 26 water projects in nine cities in the areas under their control in Marib.
United Nations relief organizations have warned that all districts under Yemeni government control will face high levels of food insecurity and generally high levels of acute malnutrition.
What is surprising is that these warnings were issued by the (FAO), (UNICEF) and the (WFP), in light of the continuation of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen (OCHA) in implementing the humanitarian response plan for the current year 2023 prepared in advance by the Houthis in Sana'a with government complicity.
The plan, which is supervised by the so-called National Authority for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (a body created by the Houthis in order to control the work of UN and international organizations), includes the allocation of aid by about 75% in favor of the Houthi areas and 25% in favor of the government areas, although the largest mass of the IDPs is in the government controlled-areas.
This plan was considered by observers as public UN support for the Houthis under humanitarian names.