Saudi envoy urges Yemen aid groups to be cautious

People set up emergency aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross in an aircraft prior to its departure to Yemen on April 9. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia's permanent representative in Geneva says his country sent letters to the U.N. humanitarian agency chief calling on aid groups to "be careful" to avoid damage from air strikes led by the Saudi-led coalition in war-torn Yemen.

Ambassador Faisal Bin Hassan Trad cited one Saudi letter to OCHA chief Stephen O'Brien which said the coalition's request for caution "in no way can be misinterpreted to indicate any hindrance to humanitarian access and the delivery of the humanitarian assistance in Yemen."

Trad told reporters Friday: "We did not tell anyone to leave anyplace. We told them, 'Please be careful. Do not be near ... legitimate targets, military targets.'"

The U.N. estimates over 5,800 people have died in Yemen's conflict between Houthi militias and the internationally-backed government.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50