Yemen's Houthi rebels have blocked half of the United Nations' aid delivery programs in the war-torn country – a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, according to aid officials and internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.
The rebel group has made granting access to areas under their control contingent on a flurry of conditions that aid agencies reject, in part because it would give the Houthis greater sway over who receives aid, documents and interviews show.
The Houthis' obstruction has hindered several programs that feed the near-starving population and help those displaced by the nearly six-year civil war, a senior U.N. official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the situation.
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