Arab coalition spokesman Ahmed Asiri stressed during an interview with CNN that the bloc’s role was to protect the lives of Yemeni people, as he reacted to a photo presented by Christiane Amanpour portraying the starvation being experienced in Yemen.
Amanpour, the Chief International Correspondent for CNN, asked General Assiri if he had seen the picture, which she said showed an 18-year-old woman on the brink of starvation in Yemen.
Amanpour suggested both sides of the Yemeni war were probably behind blockade-like conditions that prevented aid from reaching those in need.
General Asiri responded, explaining the photo had been taken in Taiz, a city besieged by Houthi militias.
“I’m sure this photo was taken in Taiz, which is a siege by Houthi. Maybe people forget Taiz today,” he told CNN.
“So this is why we move in Yemen, to avoid this picture to come. To give the population in Yemen their right to be treated well, having their rights.”
Asiri added that the humanitarian situation in Yemen was the responsibility of the international community, not just those countries in the coalition.
“This is the international community’s responsibility. If we do not resolve the problem of Yemen, all of us are responsible. We asked all the (INAUDIBLE) to go to Taiz. And, today, in your camera I will say, the one who want to go to Taiz to solve those kinds of picture, tomorrow we receive him. Where they are from Yemen? Unfortunately, they are a distance from Yemen.”