Hadi thanks UAE for its help

Ye­men pres­i­dent praises his talks with Crown Prince

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RIYADH // Ye­meni pres­i­dent Ab­drabu Mansur Hadi has com­mended the UAE’s con­tri­bu­tions to his coun­try. Mr Hadi said his meet­ing with Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the Armed Forces, in his re­cent visit to the UAE “widened the hori­zons of the distin­guished re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries”. He was vis­ited on Sun­day at his res­i­dence by Salem Al Ghafli, the Am­bas­sador to Ye­men. Mr Hadi told him that the peo­ple of Ye­men would not for­get the stance of the Saudi Ara­bian-led coali­tion of Arab coun­tries and its sup­port for his coun­try’s le­git­i­macy.

The coali­tion, in which the UAE plays a key role, is con­duct­ing a mil­i­tary cam­paign against Houthi rebels and their al­lies who have over­run the Ye­meni cap­i­tal and large ar­eas of the coun­try, as well as pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to civil­ians af­fected by the con­flict.

Jets from the coali­tion tar­geted rebel Houthi po­si­tions in the Ye­meni port of Hodeida early yesterday, de­stroy­ing cranes and ware­houses.

And in Cairo, the Arab League con­demned the oc­cu­pa­tion of the UAE Em­bassy in Sanaa by Houthi rebels.

The item was added to the agenda of an ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing called to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion in Libya at the re­quest of the UAE’s deputy per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the bloc, Khal­ifa Al Tu­naiji.

Mr Al Tu­naiji re­ferred to a state­ment from the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs in which it called for the rebels’ im­me­di­ate exit from the em­bassy and its re­turn to em­bassy staff, adding that the UAE re­tained the right to bring per­pe­tra­tors of this at­tack to jus­tice.

He said the oc­cu­pa­tion of the em­bassy would not de­ter the UAE’s sup­port for restor­ing sta­bil­ity to Ye­men.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the meet­ing de­nounced the at­tack on the em­bassy and warned about dan­gers posed by ISIL, es­pe­cially in Libya, and called for con­certed ef­forts to tackle it.

In Ye­men, there were clashes in the third city of Taez overnight from Mon­day to yesterday as lo­cal groups op­posed to the Houthis tried to con­sol­i­date re­cent ad­vances to take the city.

The Houthis and al­lied army units loyal to for­mer pres­i­dent Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh have a foothold in Taez and con­trol the north­ern high­lands and Red Sea coastal plain as far south as Ibb, where coali­tion-backed forces ad­vanced last week. Anti- Houthi groups helped by the Saudi-led coali­tion have pushed the north­ern mili­tia out of some south­ern prov­inces since late last month, but while that has al­lowed aid to reach Aden in the south, the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis else­where re­mains crit­i­cal.

The In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross yesterday said it was “ex­tremely con­cerned” by a grow­ing num­ber of corpses be­ing aban­doned in the coun­try’s war zones.

“With the es­ca­la­tion of the fight­ing, more ca­su­al­ties are be­ing left be­hind ow­ing to the in­creased dan­ger as­so­ci­ated with re­triev­ing the wounded and the dead,” said Nourane Houas, head of the ICRC’s pro­tec­tion depart­ment in Ye­men.

“In­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tari- an law re­quires that bod­ies be treated prop­erly and with re­spect,” the ICRC said.

Anti- Houthi forces suf­fered their first se­ri­ous set­back af­ter a se­ries of ad­vances yesterday when rebels am­bushed and sur­rounded fight­ers ad­vanc­ing in the south, set­ting off a bat­tle that killed 80 – 65 loy­al­ists and 15 Houthis.

Of­fi­cials said the fight­ing took place near the Aqaba Tara area as anti- rebel forces sought to ad­vance from Abyan into Bayda province.

The rebels knocked out eight armoured ve­hi­cles and four tanks, which were left burn­ing, the of­fi­cials said.

Reuters

Ri­val fac­tions bat­tled fur­ther south overnight in Ye­men’s third city, Taiz, as anti-Houthi mili­tias at­tempted to con­sol­i­date ad­vances.

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