YEMEN Press Agency

About 30 cars of humanitarian workers stolen in south of Yemen: UN official

ADEN, Nov. 23 (YPA) – About 30 incidents of looting and theft of cars of UN humanitarian workers rose in the southern provinces controlled by the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militia.

Reena Ghelani, Director of Operations and Advocacy at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that the security situation in the south of Yemen has impeded the humanitarian work.

She stressed in her briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday that “the deteriorating security situation in Abyan and Shabwa makes humanitarian workers increasingly vulnerable to car thefts, kidnappings and other accidents,” noting that the humanitarian work environment becoming increasingly difficult there.

“Five United Nations employees are still missing after being kidnapped on the tenth of last February, on the road linking Al-Khadra and Mudiyah in Abyan,” Ghelani added.

She pointed out that any escalation of the war on Yemen and fighting again would bring the humanitarian situation back to square one.