UN experts: The UAE’s political, financial and military interference in Yemen is difficult to understand
A report by the United Nations Group of Experts on Yemen criticized the UAE’s role in the Yemeni crisis that has been going on since 2014. The report said that Abu Dhabi’s political, financial and military intervention in Yemen is difficult to understand.
The UN report stated that the joint forces supported by the UAE in the Mocha and the coast (western Yemen) are illegally collecting revenues, noting that they were unable to stop the smuggling of weapons and fuel to Houthi-controlled areas.
The UAE authorities say that they have withdrawn their forces from Yemen since 2019, but they remain one of the forces influencing the current events in the country, through the political and military forces that support them in Yemen, such as the Southern Transitional Council and the Giants Brigades forces.
United Nations experts added that the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council and the Yemeni government had taken measures that undermined the Riyadh Agreement, which was signed in November 2019 in the Saudi capital, under the auspices of Riyadh and with the support of the United Nations. The agreement aims to resolve differences between the legitimate government in Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council.
On the other hand, the UN experts’ report accused the Houthi group, which controls the capital, Sanaa, and a number of governorates, of continuing its campaign to compel the population to adhere to its ideology, and to practice violence and repression in Houthi-controlled areas.
The report stated that the drones manufactured by the Houthis use locally available and imported materials in their installation.
It is noteworthy that United Nations experts periodically complete reports on the humanitarian and human rights situation in Yemen, as well as monitor the implementation of international sanctions imposed on the country.