Yemeni minister: UN report labeling Houthi as revolution leader is catastrophic

The recent UN report about the situation in Yemen, which described Abdul-Malik al-Houthi as the leader of the revolution instead of naming him the leader of the militias and the coup is catastrophic, Yemen’s Minister of Information Muammar al-Eryani said on Wednesday.

In a series of tweets, Eryani provided an analysis and description revealing the imbalance of the UN report.

“The report issued by the group of experts on Yemen reflects the existing imbalance of the UN and its bodies in characterizing and dealing with the Yemeni crisis as a crisis between a legitimate government and a coup, between the Yemeni people with all their political and social components and an armed militia that controlled the country’s institutions through force and terrorism,” Eryani tweeted.

Eryani condemned a few statements in the report, which he says were incorrect, including referring to the Yemen crisis as a conflict, and to the Houthi militias as a de facto authority and as “forces not militias”.

“The report described the military operation launched by the government to liberate the city of Hodeidah as aggression, in an apparent opposition to all Security Council resolutions and references about resolving the Yemeni crisis,” Eryani said.

Eryani added that the report ignored the role of Iran and Hezbollah in the crisis, stating that they were involved in directing the Houthi militias and managing their activities “to disrupt the security and stability of Yemen and the Arab region, including supporting them with money, sophisticated weapons, ballistic missiles, experts, trainers, as well as political, security and military advisers.”

“The report talked about the cessation of payment of salaries to employees after the transfer of the government to the Central Bank in Sanaa, without mentioning the role played by the Houthi militias in destroying the national economy, looting the public treasury and cash reserves and the continuation to date of the looting of public revenues in areas under their control,” Eryani tweeted.

Eryani also said that the report mentioned restrictions placed on humanitarian access, without mentioning Iran’s use of ports under the control of the Houthis to smuggle weapons and missiles, and the militias stealing humanitarian aid and supplies, and reselling them on the black market as well as distributing them among themselves.

Eryani added that the report also completely ignored the role of the Arab Coalition in ensuring that humanitarian aid enters the country and is distributed to those in need, as well as the role of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait in funding humanitarian work.

He also said that the report ignored the “hundreds of missiles targeting Riyadh and Mecca and a number of cities in the kingdom killing a number of civilians, in addition to targeting oil tankers in international waters.”

“It seems clear that the report prepared by this panel of experts is based on a number of fabrications promoted by suspicious entities in order to harm the legitimate government and the Saudi-UAE-led coalition supporting legitimacy,” Eryani said.

The Arab Coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen had also denounced the report, stating that the UN experts have taken “wrong stances based on false allegations.”


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