ADEN, -- The rebel Houthi-Saleh militias have seized and looted more than 63 aid ships in the ports of Hodeidah, Sulaif and Aden, since they grabbed power in Yemen from September 2014 to March 2017, a Yemeni minister revealed.

''The seized ships carried humanitarian, shelter and medical assistance for internally displaced persons who had fled bombardment by the insurgents against Yemeni governorates,'' Abdul Raqeeb Fath, Yemeni Minister of Local Administration, and Head of the Higher Relief Committee, was quoted by Yemen News Agency Saba as saying.

He also revealed that the rebel militias had confiscated 223 relief, medical and humanitarian convoys and sold them in the black market.

''Nearly 30 aid workers were also abducted by the rebels,'' he stated.

''The rebel militias targeted aid ships with utter disregard for international laws,'' he said, calling on the international community to step in to stop the daily violations against relief organisations.

The attacks on humanitarian organisations, he maintained, have contributed to exacerbating the humanitarian conditions of the population.

He accused the rebels of starving the Yemeni people and triggering famine in several governorates.

Source: Emirate News Agency