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Houthi violations harming relief: paper

ABU DHABI, 15th March, 2017 (WAM) -- A UAE newspaper has said that the war in Yemen has reached a decisive phase with the Yemeni army approaching the Directorate of Arhab and capital, Sanaa.

According to Brig. Gen. Abdou Abdullah Bamajalli, Spokesman of the Armed Forces and Consultant at the General Staff of Yemen, battles are continuing to liberate Nahm, eastern front of Sanaa, a development preceded by liberating a series of mountains, including Dorah, Al Ayani, Al Safeh, Al Dhabeeb, Al Tibab Al Hamaraa, west of Al Garn mountain and Al Safeenah.

"The fact remains that repeated violations, atrocities and attacks on humanitarian organisations by the rebel Houthi-Saleh militias have exacerbated the humanitarian conditions of the population," said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Wednesday.

Abdul Raqeeb Fath, Yemeni Minister of Local Administration and Head of the Higher Relief Committee, has stated that the rebel Houthi-Saleh militias seized and looted more than 63 aid ships in the ports of Hodeidah, Sulaif and Aden since they grabbed power in Yemen from September 2014 to March 2017.

The seized ships carried humanitarian, shelter and medical assistance for internally displaced persons who had fled bombardment by the insurgents against Yemeni governorates. In disgraceful acts, the rebel militias confiscated 223 relief, medical and humanitarian convoys and sold them in the black market. Nearly 30 aid workers were also abducted by the rebels.

The UAE, on its part, generously supports legitimacy and humanitarian operations in the country. The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has been doing a commendable job by launching various campaigns to ease the suffering of the Yemeni people during their times of distress. The Al Sha’b Park in Al Briqa city of Aden Governorate opened its doors to citizens this week. The project to build the park was funded by the ERC.

The opening of the park is ample proof that life is back to normal in Aden. On Monday, the ERC distributed fresh batches of relief aid to families living in Tarim Directorate of the Hadramaut Governorate.

Earlier this week, the ERC signed a funding agreement for maintenance and rehabilitation of Zaghfa School at Ash Shahar Directorate. The contract was in line with the ERC’s pursuance to provide better services such as development and infrastructure projects to revamp vital buildings and facilities in Hadramaut.

The international community should initiate action to put an end to violations against relief organisations by Houthi-Saleh militias.

"The repeated escalation by the Houthis also reveals their true face and their intentions to escape from their commitment towards ending the Yemeni crisis," concluded the Sharjah-based daily.