Yemen rebels prevent food aid from reaching besieged city of Taiz

The attempt to deliver aid to Taiz came during a 48-hour truce announced on Saturday by the Saudi-led coalition, which is backing the internationally-recognized government against the Houthis.

By: AP | Sanaa | Updated: November 21, 2016 9:51 am
Yemen, Yemen rebels, Houthi rebels, yemen food aid, taiz, yemen besieged city, yemen news, yemen war, world news, indian express, indian express news A pro-government fighter walks at the site of recent battles between Houthi fighters and pro-government fighters, on the second day of a 48-hour ceasefire in the southwestern city of Taiz, Yemen on November 20. Security officials have said rebels are now preventing humanitarian aid from reaching the besieged city. (File photo/REUTERS)

Houthi rebels were blocking humanitarian aid from reaching to the besieged western city of Taiz, Yemeni security officials has said. The officials said 18 trucks from the World Food Program were prevented from leaving the city of Ibb, north of Taiz, on Sunday. Taiz has been besieged by the Shiite Houthi rebels and allied forces for the past year. The attempt to deliver aid to Taiz came during a 48-hour truce announced on Saturday by the Saudi-led coalition, which is backing the internationally-recognized government against the Houthis.

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The WFP did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

US Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the ceasefire, urging all parties to abide by its conditions, which include allowing the delivery of humanitarian aid. In a statement on Sunday, Kerry also declared that the US would support efforts by the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to restart by the end of this month negotiations toward a comprehensive peace agreement.