Yemeni minister warns of continued Houthi attacks in Red Sea, escalation of African migrant recruits

Yemeni minister warns of continued Houthi attacks in Red Sea, escalation of African migrant recruits
Tugboats are seen near a ship in the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen. (Reuters)
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Updated 01 June 2021

Yemeni minister warns of continued Houthi attacks in Red Sea, escalation of African migrant recruits

Yemeni minister warns of continued Houthi attacks in Red Sea, escalation of African migrant recruits
  • Al-Eryani said such acts by the militia threatened the security and safety of trade ships
  • The Houthi militia continues to forcibly recruit African refugees and migrants and send them to the crematoriums, he added

RIYADH: Yemen’s Information Minister Mu’amar Al-Eryani warned of escalating Houthi attacks in the Red Sea, state news agency Saba News reported on Sunday.
Al-Eryani said such acts by the militia threatened the security and safety of trade ships and the marine navigation in one of the world’s most significant waterways.
He added that the Houthis used Hodeida ports to launch their attacks with unmanned boobytrapped boats.
Al-Eryani further confirmed the Houthis’ violation of the Stockholm Agreement and their implementation of the Iranian agenda to spread chaos in the region.
The minister urged the international community, the UN, permanent member states in Security Council and UN and US envoys to Yemen to condemn these attacks.
He also urged them to take serious action against the attacks, which target not only Yemen’s stability but also the international security and world’s interests.
On Saturday, the Arab coalition intercepted an explosives-laden drone launched by the militia toward Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait, the alliance command center said.
The attack was condemned by a number countries and organizations including the UAE, Bahrain, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Muslim World League.
Kuwait’s ministry of foreign affairs also denounced the attack. It said in a statement that it supports Saudi Arabia in all the measures it takes to maintain its security and stability.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry also said it condemns such attack that lead to the spread of fear and horror in the region.
Meanwhile, Al-Eryani also warned against the Houthi militia’s escalation of operations to lure and recruit African refugees and migrants in areas under its control, Saba reported.

“The Houthi militia continues to forcibly recruit African refugees and migrants and send them to the crematoriums, due to the high bill of their losses, the depletion of their human stocks resulting from their military incursions in the various fronts of the Yemeni governorate of Marib, and the reluctance of tribesmen to join behind calls for recruitment and mobilization,” Al-Eryani said.
He added that the Houthi militia’s acknowledgment of recruiting African refugees and migrants, engaging them in suicide attacks, and exploiting them in hostilities targeting the security and stability of Yemen and neighboring countries and threatening international interests, was “a war crime and crime against humanity, and a clear violation of international laws.”
He called on human rights organizations and relevant international bodies to condemn the Iran-backed militia’s recruitment of African migrants and refugees, and to put pressure on the Houthis to stop using them in battles and to implement the Iranian regime’s agenda in Yemen and the region.