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UN Agency Apologizes for Describing Houthis as Govt. Officials

UN Agency Apologizes for Describing Houthis as Govt. Officials

Sunday, 19 August, 2018 - 09:45
Houthi militants in Yemen. (AFP)
New York – Asharq Al-Awsat
The United Nations Population Fund made an official apology to the Yemeni government for describing during a July report the Iran-backed Houthi militias as “government officials.”

The UN’s permanent representative in Yemen received the apology on Saturday.

The Fund acknowledged that it had committed the error, vowing not to repeat it.

It stressed that it only recognizes the legitimate Yemeni government, reported Yemen’s Saba news agency.

Yemen had filed a strongly-worded complaint on August 9 to the UN agency, demanding that it apologize, correct the error and refrain from dealing with the militias that have violated all international laws and UN treaties.

The latest of these violations was their storming of a relief warehouse that was storing UN aid in the Duraihimi district in the Hodeidah province.

The Houthis, said local administration minister Abdulraqib Fatah, have turned the warehouse into a military barracks.

He therefore called on UN agencies to condemn their criminal behavior and reveal all the violations committed by the Houthis against relief and humanitarian efforts in Yemen.

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