Rebels obstructing flow of aid: Coalition

Rebels obstructing flow of aid: Coalition
Updated 26 April 2015

Rebels obstructing flow of aid: Coalition

Rebels obstructing flow of aid: Coalition

Houthis are obstructing the flow of aid to the needy in Yemen, said Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, a consultant in the office of the defense minister, on Saturday.
The coalition spokesman said a Red Cross plane was forced to land on Friday in Jazan, as it was not allowed to enter Yemeni skies by the Houthis and their allies who were making “false air clearances.”
Despite the challenges, Al-Assiri said relief operations were continuing with two planes carrying out relief operations.
He said Djibouti has opened its air space for the coalition’s operations, adding that the procedure in bringing medical aid to hospitals will be made more efficient.
“Military operations might be started in a few days but today the coalition was monitoring what the Yemeni militia was doing on the ground,” he said.
He said: “We have confirmed that border checks were being made as part of efforts to monitor the movements of militias who had been making life difficult for Yemeni citizens.” He said that the militias had been making unwarranted arrests of tribal community members.
“It’s only the legal government of Yemen which can give air clearance through the 10-nation coalition,” he said. He added that on Friday, the 35th Brigade received support and targeted a building where the militias had hidden their arms.
“The militias were moving military equipment to Sanaa from Aden. We know about this. There were also Scud missiles and armored carriers,” he said.
He added that the militias are now in a state of defense and therefore “this is the time for them to give up and rejoin the legitimate government.”
“Coalition operations are going on in Sanaa, targeting militia operations on or near the southern border of Saudi Arabia,” he said.
He added that inside Aden, Yemeni People’s Committees were making advances on the ground.