Yemen’s government condemns international community’s silence against Houthi crimes in Taiz

Yemen's government condemns international community's silence on Houthi crimes. (AFP)
Updated 21 April 2018
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Yemen’s government condemns international community’s silence against Houthi crimes in Taiz

DUBAI: Yemen’s government condemned the silence of the United Nations and the international community on the abuses committed by the Iran-backed Houthi militia against citizens in the Taiz province, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.
Yemeni Minister of Local Administration and chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief in Yemen Abdul Raqib Fatah said that the militia continued indiscriminate shelling on the homes residents in the province.
In a statement quoted by the Yemeni official news agency, the minister said that the silence in the face of the militia’s crimes in a number of Taiz districts is completely contrary to international and humanitarian law.
He called on the international community and humanitarian organizations to take serious and firm positions against all crimes of the Houthi militia.
He added that the international silence on these violations is unacceptable, calling on the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande and all humanitarian organizations to intervene quickly to stop these crimes.


Reducing Iran’s oil exports to zero is a ‘political bluff’ by US -official

Updated 17 October 2018
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Reducing Iran’s oil exports to zero is a ‘political bluff’ by US -official

  • US administration has been pushing its allies to cut Iranian oil imports
  • US sanctions on Iranian oil exports are due to kick in on Nov. 4

A claim by the United States to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero is a “political bluff” the head of the state-run National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Ali Kardor, was quoted as saying by the Tasnim news agency on Wednesday.
US officials have said they aim to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero in an effort to force its leaders to change their behavior in the region. US sanctions on Iranian oil exports are due to kick in on Nov. 4.
“[US President Donald] Trump started efforts to reduce Iran’s oil exports from months ago and it’s not like we should think that he will do something special on November fourth,” Kardor said. “The president of America has done whatever he can and he knows very well that getting Iran’s oil exports to zero was a political bluff.”
The US administration has been pushing its allies to cut Iranian oil imports and encouraging Saudi Arabia, other OPEC states and Russia to pump more oil to meet any shortfall.