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UAE responds to UN report on war crimes in Yemen

SAUDI ARABIA (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe United Arab Emirates (UAE) has criticized the latest report by UN experts who suggested that Arab coalition forces would commit war crimes in Yemen.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on his official Twitter account that this report requires a response to its reasons and review, particularly with regard to violations committed by Ansar Allah (Houthis).

Gargash reiterated his accusations against the Houthis of committing crimes against civilians and using them as human shields.

Gargash said: “Wars bear with their pain, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria bear witness, but in the end we are responsible for our security and stability, and here is our priority.”

Gargash pointed to the importance of the role of the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia in the “restoration of the state” in Yemen and protect the future of the region from “the Iranian incursion and undermine our security for generations to come,” adding that the alliance sees priority in doing what is necessary in humanitarian, relief and development.

The United Nations has repeatedly accused all parties to the conflict in Yemen, including the Saudi-led coalition and the United Arab Emirates, of being responsible for committing crimes, some of which amount to war crimes in Yemen.

UN statistics show that coalition air strikes are the biggest cause of killing civilians in the country, which suffers from what the organization described as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.