Yemeni minister says ‘disastrous’ UN report described Houthi as 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. (File/AFP)
Updated 30 August 2018
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Yemeni minister says ‘disastrous’ UN report described Houthi as leader of the revolution

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.


Turkey dismisses 259 local officials for suspected terrorist links

Updated 15 October 2018
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Turkey dismisses 259 local officials for suspected terrorist links

  • Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu removed 259 local neighborhood heads
  • Turkey has suspended or sacked over 140,000 public sector employees because of alleged links to the US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen blamed for the July 2016 failed coup

ANKARA: Turkey has dismissed 259 local officials for suspected links to terrorist groups or unsuitable behavior, the government said on Monday, a move the pro-Kurdish opposition said was aimed at helping the ruling AK Party ahead of 2019 polls.
The elected officials, known as “mukhtars,” serve as the lowest administrative authority in Turkey. Although not officially members of any political party, they are influential in decision-making in their villages and local districts.
The officials were dismissed pending an investigation, the Interior Ministry said, adding they were suspected of links to groups that threaten Turkey’s security or of behavior not befitting their duties. It did not elaborate on the charges.
The ministry did not give a geographic breakdown of the dismissals, but a parliamentarian from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) said the move was the latest attempt by President Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party to curtail the HDP’s influence in the largely Kurdish southeast.
“Following the arrest of municipality heads from the HDP, the appointment of trustees to municipalities and the removal of immunity and arrest of parliamentarians, it is now the mukhtars’ turn,” Meral Danis Bestas said in a statement.
A spokeswoman for the HDP said she did not know how many of the dismissed officials came from the southeast.
Some 94 of 102 municipalities in Kurdish-majority cities and towns are now administered by trustees rather than by their elected mayors. Authorities removed those mayors, elected in the last municipal elections in 2014, in a security crackdown that followed an attempted military coup in 2016.
Erdogan has said the government would appoint trustees to any municipalities held by the HDP after March 2019 local elections.
Erdogan and his AK Party say the HDP has links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a militant group that has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984. The HDP denies accusations of links to the PKK and says it is being unjustly targeted by the government.
Last week the government dismissed 559 village guards for suspected terrorist links and another 76 for suspected involvement in human and drug smuggling.
Village guards are locals armed and paid by the state to protect their communities, mostly in the east and the southeast. They are frequent targets for PKK militants.
The PKK is deemed a terrorist organization by the United States, Turkey and Europe.