Coalition Forces Spokesman Regrets for Statement by UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen

Thursday 1439/4/10 - 2017/12/28
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Riyadh, Rabi'II 10, 1439, Dec 28, 2017, SPA -- The spokesman for the coalition forces to support the legitimacy in Yemen has expressed regret for the statement of the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, which appeared biased to Al-Houthi militias backed by Iran, in which he intentionally called them (de facto authorities) contrary to the resolutions of the UN Security Council and United Nations statements in his attempt to legitimize the coup militias in Yemen and in continuation of misleading the international public opinion by repeating what has been circulating in media and social media affiliated with Al-Houthi militias forgetting the existence of a direct communication channel around the clock with the evacuation cell and humanitarian operations of the command of coalition forces to inquire about the information contained in his statement without verifying or confirming, stressing his bias towards Al-Houthi militias and his politicizing the humanitarian work entrusted to him, ignoring what Al-Houthi militias are committing of crimes and violations against the Yemeni people, latest were the killings, kidnappings and arrests against the former Yemeni President and hundreds of members of the General People's Congress Party, their children and women as well as the targeting of civilians.
Coalition Forces Spokesman further said that "This statement creates a constant state of uncertainty about the information and data on which the United Nations relies and undermines its credibility, information mentioned before by the coalition forces in previous statements, most recently in the report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children and armed conflict."
While the official spokesman for the Coalition Forces deplores this biased stance, he stresses the need for the United Nations to review the humanitarian mechanism and the efficiency of its staff working in Yemen and to monitor their performance again, calling on the United Nations to implement the proposals of UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on the seaport of Hodeidah, which have been rejected by Al-Houthis and approved by legitimate Government.
He also stressed the commitment of the coalition to implement the provisions of international humanitarian law, especially on the protection of civilians and the application of the highest standards of international targeting and its keenness to improve the humanitarian situation in Yemen and alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people caused by Al-Houthi militias backed by Iran.
--SPA
23:54 LOCAL TIME 20:54 GMT