Arab Stud­ies Cen­ter re­futes UN al­le­ga­tions against Saudi-led Arab coali­tion in Ye­men

‘UN re­port shows dou­ble stan­dards, lacks ev­i­dence’

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MAKKAH: The Arab Stud­ies Cen­ter, af­fil­i­ated with the Euro­pean Coun­cil of So­cial Sci­ences, re­futed the al­le­ga­tions of the UN re­port claim­ing that the op­er­a­tions of the Arab coali­tion forces caused civil­ian ca­su­al­ties in Ye­men.

Ac­cord­ing to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the deputy chair and the sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Arab Stud­ies Cen­ter, Ahmed Abu Saada and Mahdi Ali, said in a state­ment re­spond­ing to the UN re­port: “We fol­low with great in­ter­est and scru­tiny all the new de­vel­op­ments in Ye­men, and we do our best to con­trib­ute to the clar­i­fi­ca­tion of the truth and refu­ta­tion of false­hood. We read re­cently the UN re­port, which talked about civil­ian ca­su­al­ties caused by the op­er­a­tions of the Arab coali­tion forces in Ye­men. There are many points to be dis­cussed re­gard­ing the cred­i­bil­ity and va­lid­ity of the re­port.”

The state­ment added: “We have the right to ques­tion the sources of the re­port and whether they are re­li­able enough to ac­cept their story, the method­ol­ogy used in the col­lec­tion of in­for­ma­tion for the re­port, and whether proper sur­vey meth­ods were fol­lowed to reach the facts.”

The state­ment also ques­tioned the pur­pose be­hind the tim­ing of the re­port, and whether it is re­ally meant to serve the best in­ter­ests of the Ye­meni peo­ple and im­prove their se­cu­rity and hu­man­i­tar­ian con­di­tions. The state­ment added that the UN de­clined in many sit­u­a­tions over the past decades to pub­lish re­ports about the civil­ian dam­ages due to mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions at times when it should have done so, which shows the dou­ble stan­dard used in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions.

The state­ment stressed that the UN should have worked in co­or­di­na­tion with the Arab coali­tion to pre­vent the armed ter­ror­ist mili­tias from harm­ing the civil­ian pop­u­la­tion and re­veals their at­tempts to pen­e­trate civil­ian com­mu­ni­ties and use them for po­lit­i­cal ends. “Our vi­sion of the sit­u­a­tion is based on stress­ing the eth­i­cal mo­tives of the Arab coali­tion forces op­er­a­tions in Ye­men,” the state­ment said, “which aim to help the elected le­git­i­mate govern­ment and pre­vent the ex­trem­ist mili­tias from harm­ing neigh­bor­ing coun­tries.”

The state­ment also stressed that the UN re­port should have used a more pre­cise method­ol­ogy in re­port­ing and doc­u­ment­ing the al­leged vi­o­la­tions com­mit­ted by the coali­tion of Arab forces in Ye­men, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the com­plex sit­u­a­tion in Ye­men and the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the armed mili­tias of a great num­ber of vi­o­la­tions, which makes the le­git­i­mate govern­ment the main source of in­for­ma­tion and data in this re­gard.

A file photo shows Saudi-led coali­tion sol­dier pa­trolling the Saudi border in Ye­men.

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