Yemen's "legitimate" government voices dismay over silence of the United Nations Relief and Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator in Yemen towards events in Kusher district of the northern province of Hajjah.
The Minister of Local Administration and head of the Higher Committee for Relief in the Yemen's "legitimate" government, Abdulraqeeb Fateh, that what the group of Houthis (Ansar Allah) of what he called "terrorist crimes and against the humanitarian population in the directorates of the tribes of Hajoor and a number of provinces calls for United Nations Relief and Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator to condemn these crimes and to adopt a unified and firm international position to stop them. "
"The silence on these crimes is illogical and unacceptable, especially as these crimes violate all laws," he warned during a meeting with Colin Lake, Senior Coordination Advisor at United Nations Development Programme in Yemen on Monday in the city of Aden.".
He called for urgent and effective pressure to end what he described as "the mass liquidation operations carried out by the militia against the population," and the lifting of the siege and allow the introduction of relief aid to those affected there.
According to Aden-based "Saba" news agency, the Minister stressed the importance of the urgent intervention of the Coordinating Humanitarian Affairs in the rescue of the victims in the directorates of Hajoor and delivery of aid by all available means, including air landing.
The parties to the conflict in Yemen traded accusations of civilian casualties in the ongoing fighting in the Kusher district between the Houthis and the Hajoor tribes since last January, in which hundreds of people were killed and wounded on both sides.
This official move comes one month and a half after the rebels had started a widespread offensive last January on Hajoor tribal areas in the northwestern governorate of Hajjah, amid strong resistance by tribesmen who had repelled rebel control, with Saudi-led coalition warplanes backing the tribes by periodic strikes on Houthi reinforcements and equipment.
Last Thursday, Houthi group stated that its forces had fully secured al-Abayssah and neighboring areas in Kushar, "from ravaging outlaws connected to aggression."
Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014, leaving tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.
The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi, triggering the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.