UAE ambassador: Coalition aims to prevent a second Hezbollah in Yemen

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The UAE's ambassador to Britain, Sulaiman al-Mazroui, said on Wednesday that the coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen aims to prevent the establishment of a second Hezbollah in Yemen.

“The main objective of the intervention of the coalition countries is to prevent the establishment of another Hezbollah in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, which is represented by the Houthi, and prevent Iran from besieging the Arabian Peninsula,” the ambassador said.

The UAE ambassador in London also confirmed that the Coalition for Legitimacy Support in Yemen has drawn up emergency plans to deliver humanitarian aid to besieged families in Hodeidah.

He added: “There are procedures and contingency plans, in the event of the destruction of the port by Houthis, the aid will be by air and land.”

He stressed that the restoration of control of the city of Hodeidah and its port will force the Houthis to negotiate, and prevent them from exploiting the port to smuggle weapons.

“The coalition believes that the liberation of Hodeidah will ensure pressure on the Houthis to sit at the negotiating table of the peace process, and prevent them from using it to import and smuggle weapons, and smuggling of food and enrich their treasure from the exploitation of the port,” he said.

He pointed out that the humanitarian file is a priority, and the coalition has prepared contingency plans, stressing that the coalition plans to ensure the arrival of aid to Yemen by air, sea and land.

A large-scale humanitarian aid to Hodeidah

Meanwhile, speaking from the Saudi capital Riyadh during a press briefing alongside a representative from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, the UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem bint Ibrahim al-Hashemy said that the Arab Coalition has prepared a large-scale and comprehensive surge plan for the rapid delivery of humanitarian aid to the Hodeidah and surrounding areas.

The Minister said that food and essential supplies have been stocked and prepared for immediate intervention. “We have ships, planes, and trucks with food supplies and medicine to address the immediate needs of the people,” she said.

Al-Hashemy stated that the Hodeidah port remains open to shipping. “Should the Houthis attempt to further damage and destroy any port or logistics infrastructure, we have also put contingency plans in place to move aid by other methods to Hodeidah and points beyond,” as reported by WAM.

“On top of the $14 bln that the Coalition has already given for aid in Yemen - we continue to work with aid agencies on the ground to ensure that once the port is liberated we will quickly increase the capacity of the port and the amount of aid flowing through it.”

“The Coalition successfully implemented similar large-scale operations when it liberated Aden, Mukalla and Mocha which led to a considerable improvement in the lives of their people. In each area the Coalition has liberated, the local people are now better off than under Houthi or AQAP control,” she added.