HRW says Houthi militants blocks aid to besieged Taiz

Human Rights Watch accuses Houthi militants of blocking vital aid from entering besieged Yemeni city Taiz

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Houthi supporters demonstrate against Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen's capital Sanaa January 8, 2016.

Human Rights Watch says Yemen's Houthi militants are preventing vital aid from entering the besieged western city of Taiz.

In a statement Sunday, it says the militants have for months restricted food and medical supplies to Yemen's third-largest city, in what it described as "serious violations of international humanitarian law."

It says the militants are denying necessities to residents of Taiz and should "immediately end the unlawful confiscation of goods intended for the civilian population and permit full access by aid agencies."

Yemen's conflict pits a loose array forces fighting on the side of the internationally recognized government against the Houthis and troops loyal to a former president, who together control the capital, Sanaa, and large parts of northern Yemen.

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