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Yemen’s Ansarullah rejects UN call to free UAE-flagged ship, accuses it of siding with ‘murderers’
Yemen’s Ansarullah rejects UN call to free UAE-flagged ship, accuses it of siding with ‘murderers’
Yemen’s Ansarullah movement rejected a UN request to release an Emirati-flagged vessel they seized earlier this month, saying the ship was carrying military assets.

Houthi official Hussein al-Azzi said it was transporting military assets. “The Rwabee vessel was not carrying… toys for children but weapons for extremists,” he told the Al-Masirah television, according to Al Jazeera.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has claimed that the Rwabee is a “civilian cargo vessel” that was leased by a Saudi company and had been in international waters carrying equipment to be used at a field hospital.

The UN Security Council on Friday demanded the “immediate release” of the Rwabee and its crew and stressed “the importance of freedom of navigation in the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea”, a strategic route for international shipping.

In a statement drafted by the United Kingdom and adopted unanimously, the 15-member Security Council demanded “the immediate release of the vessel and its crew” and underscored “the necessity of ensuring the crew’s safety and well-being”.

It also called on “all parties to de-escalate the situation in Yemen”, including by working with the UN’s special envoy to return to the negotiating table.

Azzi responded by accusing the UN of siding with “murderers who violate international laws”.

The Rwabee “belongs to a country participating in the aggression against our people and at war with Yemen, and entered (Yemeni) territorial waters unlawfully”, he said.

Houthis seized the Rwabee on January 3, off the Red Sea port of Hodeida, and then released a video showing military equipment on board, including military-style inflatable rafts, trucks and other vehicles and what appeared to be a collection of rifles.

Yahia Saree, a Yemeni military spokesman, said it was “completely obvious today that the information that this ship was carrying a civilian field hospital is not correct. This is clearly military equipment.”

The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition which has launched a devastating war on Yemen in a bid to bring the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power.






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