Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Arab League calls for designating Houthis, a terrorists organisation

The Arab League on Sunday called for classifying Yemen’s Houthi rebel group as a terrorist organization.

Last week, three people were killed in a Houthi attack on Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Cairo-based League held an emergency meeting at the level of permanent delegates on Sunday upon a request from the UAE to condemn the Houthi attack on the Gulf country.

A resolution adopted by the pan-Arab body strongly condemned the rebel attack on Abu Dhabi as “a flagrant violation of international law.”

The resolution reiterated support to the UAE and all measures taken by Abu Dhabi to defend its security and people.

The UAE said it reserves the right to respond to the Houthi attack, saying it will not go unpunished.

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On Friday, the UN Security Council unanimously condemned the Houthi attack on the UAE and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

The UAE is a member of a Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015. While the situation on the ground is worst than ever before. The continued fight between Houthis and KSA-led alliance has been a cause of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

According to the UN estimates more than 377,000 people have died due to the conflict as of late 2021.

In a report published late last year, the United Nations Development Programme said roughly 60 percent of deaths were the result of indirect causes, including famine and preventable diseases.

The rest were caused by front-line combat and air raids. The report noted that children account for 70 percent of deaths. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), some 16.2 million Yemenis, or about 45 percent of the total population, are food insecure.

The UN agency has warned that more than five million people were on the brink of famine while 50,000 others were living in famine-like conditions.

The conflict has also forced an estimated 4.6 million Yemenis to flee, according to UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) figures. The United Nations has called for help from the international community as it estimates a whopping amount of about $3.9bn needed this year to help millions of people in war-torn Yemen.

With no end in sight for the conflict, many believe Yemen faces a bleak future.

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