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Arab Coalition in Yemen bolsters military victories with humanitarian aid: Report

ADEN, 6th March, 2017 (WAM)-- The Saudi-led Arab Coalition backing the legitimate government in Yemen is bolstering its military victories with humanitarian operations to help civilians in the areas liberated from the rebel Houthi group allied forces loyal to the now-ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, according to the Yemeni National Army, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

Humanitarian operations being conducted by the Arab Coalition in Yemen help ease the suffering of civilians across the country and the destructive impact of the coup perpetrated against the government by the rebels, Brigadier Ali Obaid Naji, head of the strategic studies unit at the Yemeni National Army, was quoted as saying by the SPA.

The Coalition helps humanitarian agencies such as the Emirates Red Crescent and the Saudi King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Works to deliver assistance to Yemenis in all areas liberated from the rebels, the official said. "Carrying out humanitarian plans developed by the Arab Coalition in co-ordination with the National Army and the National Resistance Forces, is a battle in itself and is taking place alongside military operations."

Civilians in the Red Sea city of al-Mokha and the western coast suffered from famine under the rule of the rebels who used the port city to smuggle arms and banned material, he said.

"Humanitarian assistance delivered to the residents by the Emirati, Saudi and Yemeni agencies had a great positive impact on the morals of the citizens that was boosted by cooperation of citizens with the army," Naji added.

The government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, said in a statement that citizens in the rebel-held areas in Yemen's western coast suffer from flagrant human rights violations including oppression, arrests, forced disappearance and forced recruitment of children and youth, extrajudicial killings, in addition to the blowing up of houses and denial of humanitarian assistance.

The Coalition-backed army operations being conducted to liberated the western coast reflect the legitimate government's efforts to put an end to the suffering of citizens and violations being perpetrated by the Houthi-Saleh militias which do not respect international law nor international charters, the statement said.

"The government has the responsibility of protecting citizens. Humanitarian aid, and oil derivatives and food stuff in particular, delivered through the Red Sea port of Hudaydah, is being sold by the Houthi militants in the black market to fund their military operations," the government's statement said.