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Saudi-led coalition rejects UN report on Yemen

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) –The Saudi-led coalition rejected on Thursday a UN report calling for an arms embargo on the warring parties in Yemen, calling it both subjective and biased.

The United Nations report, published on Tuesday, said the United States, France and Britain might have been involved in war crimes in Yemen by providing equipment, information and logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition, which it said was starving civilians as a method of warfare.

United Nations investigators who prepared the report recommended that all states impose an arms embargo on warring parties to prevent their use in serious violations.

“The Alliance has previously warned of issues related to the methodology of the report and the reliance of the (UN) Panel of Experts on misleading information … which has not been documented or verified … which has lost the objectivity and impartiality of the report,” the alliance said in a statement.

“The coalition will later provide a detailed legal response to the report,” the statement said. “The coalition continues to cooperate with all UN agencies and mechanisms involved in the conflict in Yemen,” rejecting assertions in the report that the coalition did not cooperate with the team and did not provide information. for him.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which lead the coalition fighting the Iranian-allied Houthi movement that controls the capital Sanaa, are among the biggest buyers of US, British and French weapons.

The report accused the coalition of killing civilians in air strikes and deliberately depriving them of food in a country at risk of starvation.

“The Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen is fully committed to its military operations being in compliance with the rules of international humanitarian law and international human rights law,” the coalition said on Thursday.

The Houthis drove the Yemeni government out of the capital Sanaa in 2014 and the Saudi-led coalition intervened the following year to restore the government into a conflict that has killed tens of thousands.

The specter of famine has caused a situation the United Nations calls the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with 24 million people dependent on aid.

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