Arab coalition highlights humanitarian efforts in Yemen

Col. Turki Al-Maliki
Col. Turki Al-Maliki

Arab Coalition Spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki speaks at a press conference in Riyadh.

:: The Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government conducts humanitarian work as well as military operations, its spokesman said on Monday.

Turki Al-Maliki cited the launch of an air bridge from Riyadh to Aden to provide emergency relief for those affected by floods in Yemen.

The coalition has been carrying out humanitarian work since the start of its military operations in Yemen, he said.

The coalition helped a crew member of the Iranian ship Savis for medical reasons after Saudi Arabia received a request for help from Iran, Al-Maliki added.

He offered a video of the rescue of the crew member, who received medical treatment and was transported by helicopter to a military hospital in Jizan near the Saudi-Yemeni border.

The coalition is working to end the Houthi coup and restore Yemen’s legitimate government by trying to find common ground for all political parties to resolve the crisis, Al-Maliki said.

“The Iranian regime is working to undermine regional stability through the Houthi militias,” he said, adding that the coalition and the Yemeni Army continue to target Houthi capabilities.

The Houthis continue to threaten maritime traffic in the Bab Al-Mandeb strait and the Red Sea, and are still planting mines that threaten civilians, Al-Maliki said, adding that more than 72,000 mines have been removed from roads and farms. Maritime mines planted by the Houthis are similar to the Iranian Sada mines, he said.

There were 226 ballistic missiles launched by the Houthis toward Saudi Arabia between March 26, 2015, and June 10, 2019, he added.

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