DUBAI: Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar Al-Iryani condemned the United Nations on Wednesday over its report on war crimes in Yemen, in which he says the leader of the Houthi militia was referred to as a “leader of the revolution.”
The UN Security Council designated sanctions on Abdul Malik Al-Houthi in April 2015 for engaging in acts that threatened the peace, security, and stability of Yemen.
Describing the report as “disastrous,” Al-Iryani said on his Twitter account that it was based on “a number of fabrications” aiming to harm the internationally recognized government and the member states of the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting the militias.
The minister said the report did not mention all the “terror acts” carried out by the militia group on officials, government headquarters and military and security sites of the government.
The report ignored hundreds of rockets launched by the Houthi militia under Iranian pretexts targeting the Saudi capital Riyadh and Makkah and a number of other cities in the Kingdom, the minister said.
There was no mention of the killing of a number of civilians, in addition to the targeting of oil tankers in international waters, he added.
The Arab coalition also refuted the UN report on Yemen, saying it made a series of accusations against the alliance.
In a strongly worded statement, the coalition, which supports forces loyal to the internationally recognized government, rejected the claim that it did not provide information requested by the UN.
The coalition dismissed as “false” and “inaccurate” claims in the report that its forces were obstructing humanitarian access to civilians in the country.