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Arab Parliament Blames Houthis For Yemen's Worsening Humanitarian Crisis

Arab Parliament Blames Houthis For Yemen's Worsening Humanitarian Crisis

Monday, 12 April, 2021 - 05:30
Arab Parliament (SABA news agency)

The Arab Parliament blamed Sunday the Iran-backed Houthi militias for the worsening Yemeni humanitarian crisis.

The Parliament said the militia group was blocking humanitarian efforts, closing seaports and obstructing access to humanitarian aid, foodstuffs, medical supplies and fuels.

In a statement following a meeting in Cairo, the Parliament called on the international community and human rights organizations to take practical steps to lift the severe blockade imposed on the Yemeni southwestern city of Taiz by the Iranian-backed Houthi group.

More so, it condemned the terrorist attacks that Houthis continue to carry out against civilians, accusing the militias of increasing the number of displaced persons and of attacking hospitals and medical units.

The Cairo-based legislative body condemned the militia group for blocking civilians from their rights of obtaining medical services, particularly amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic across the country, warning from a possible surge in COVID-19 infections.

It also welcomed Saudi Arabia's proposal to put an end to the Yemeni crisis, affirming its full support for the initiative that offers a chance to initiate comprehensive political dialogue.

In his briefing to the UNSC last month, UN Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths has warned of a “dramatic” deterioration in the country’s ongoing conflict.

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