KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 (Bernama) -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Malaysia, Khalid Ghanim Alghaith, said the Arab Coalition in Yemen has launched a major military operation to liberate Hodeida from the Houthi insurgents.
In a statement to Bernama Thursday, he said the coalition's mission, which included making way for humanitarian assistance, was aimed at alleviating the suffering of the civilian population and creating conditions that would be favourable to achieving a negotiated settlement by cutting off the supply of illicit arms that have fuelled the current insurgency.
The Ambassador reiterated that the UAE and the Arab Coalition continue to strongly support the efforts of Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, consistent with UN Security Council Resolutions.
He also said "the UAE and Coalition operation to retake Hodeida will also improve the flow of humanitarian assistance to areas controlled by Houthi rebels and areas controlled by the legitimate government of Yemen."
Under Houthi control, the port is said to have been operating far below its capacity and has become a serious obstacle that has worsened the humanitarian situation.
On the humanitarian issues arising from the Hodeida military operation, Alghaith said the Arab Coalition recognised that the ongoing operations in and around Hodeida represented a significant humanitarian challenge, and it was working closely with the major aid agencies humanitarian coordination mechanism to help address the needs of the civilian population.....