Arab Coalition in Yemen says UN report referred to legal team

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The Arab Coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen and fighting Houthi militias in the country has referred a United Nations report to its legal team for review, spokesman Turki al-Maliki said on Tuesday.

The coalition will announce the conclusions of the review after it is completed, he said.

Meanwhile, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said that the UN report merited a response.

“We should review and respond to the (UN) experts’ report published today,” said Gargash in a tweet.

“The coalition is fulfilling its role in reclaiming the Yemeni state and securing the future of the region from Iranian interference,” he added.

UN human rights experts released their first report about the war in Yemen, stating that the Houthis had tortured prisoners and recruited children to fight on their frontlines, which are both considered war crimes.

The coalition had expressed its surprise by some of the statements made by UN officials regarding the coalition's work.

In a press conference in Monday in Riyadh, Maliki said that these officials have taken wrong stances based on false allegations.

“We are aware of the Houthi pressure on UN humanitarian organizations, but the UN should not remain silent about Houthi violations,” Maliki said.