#Arab_Coalition Deems as ‘#Baseless’ #UN Report on Children in #Yemen

Asharq Al-Awsat:Hadramout21
The Saudi-led Arab coalition refuted on Monday recent claims made by the United Nations on the number of child casualties in the Yemen conflict

Alliance spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said that UN Secretary-General Antonio Gunterres’ recent report on child casualties attributed many figures to the coalition and presented incorrect and baseless information

He explained that several local agencies, which were supported by the former Yemeni president, used to provide UN employees with false information

There is no evidence to back the claims made in Guterres’ report, Maliki said during a press conference in Riyadh

He instead accused the Iran-backed Houthi militias of recruiting children, some younger than 8 years old, for their war effort

On humanitarian efforts, Maliki said that all relief corridors were operating at full capacity. More than 26,000 land, air and sea aid permits have been granted so far

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center has also sent 25 aid trucks to Yemen, Maliki added

He stressed that this relief is distributed in all Yemeni territories without discrimination. Some 5 million people have benefitted from its aid efforts during a period of 159 days

The spokesman underlined the Houthis’ obstruction of relief efforts, most notably in Hodeidah port, noting that an aid ship was forced to wait in the harbor for 69 days before it was allowed to unload its cargo

He then gave a briefing of the military advances the legitimacy forces, backed by the Arab coalition, were achieving on the field against the militias on various fronts

Maliki said that the Saada region, which is still under Houthi control, remains a launchpad for their firing of ballistic missiles against Saudi Arabia

He remarked, however, that no such missiles were fired from the region last week, crediting the development to Arab coalition efforts

On the latest developments in the alliance’s operation Golden Victory to liberate Hodeidah from the Houthis, he said that the army is working on clearing mines planted by the militants in Hodeidah international airport

He said that the alliance was keen on securing coastal regions, saying that legitimate forces seized during recent battles Iranian weapons that confirm international fears of Tehran’s involvement in Yemen

Operations against Houthi leaderships will continue, he vowed

“None of their leaders can escape no matter how hard they try to change their location,” Maliki stressed

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