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Houthis Accuse UN Envoy of Fueling War in Yemen

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UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (L) is greeted by spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam (C) for the Shiite Huthi rebel party Ansarullah, ahead of a meeting with Shiite Huthi rebels in Sanaa Mohammed Huwais, AFP/File
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Houthi militia leaders slammed the UN special envoy for Yemen, accusing him of being biased and not impartial, the Arabic website of Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

A spokesman for the Houthi militias, Mohammed Abdul Salam accused the UN envoy of fabricating evidence against them, specifically when he condemned their attempted attack on Makkah – stating that the allegation was false.

Salam’s comments came a day after Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told the Security Council at a briefing on the situation in the country that the deterioration of the economic situation threatens to worsen the humanitarian crisis, calling on Yemeni actors prioritize national interest.

“After 18 months of horrific fighting, thousands of deaths, injuries and unspeakable human suffering, we all need to ask how long will Yemenis remain hostages to personal and reckless political decisions,” Ahmed said.

In response, Salam stated that the UN envoy lacked impartiality and overstepped his role as a mediator.

The Houthis militia’s criticism of Ahmed is not the first. Previously Houthis accused the UN envoy of being biased and is not qualified for the role as a United Nations mediator, AlArabiya.Net reported.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 2 November 2016 KSA 09:12 – GMT 06:12

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