Saudi envoy questions neutrality of controversial UN report on Yemen

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Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohamed AlJabir on Tuesday questioned the use of the term “aggression” in a recent UN report on Yemen.

The term was used by a group of UN experts in the report to describe the Arab Coalition’s operation to retake the port city of Hodeidah from Houthi militias.

“The group of experts characterization of the restoration of Hodeidah from Iranian-backed Houthi militias as an ‘aggression’ by the legitimate government & the coalition is highly questionable and raises questions about the neutrality, objectivity and overall content of the report,” AlJabir tweeted.

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

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.

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