Arab Parliament condemns Iran’s support of Houthis
By Nabil Abdullah al-Tamimi in Aden
The Arab Parliament on Wednesday (October 3rd) condemned Iran’s intervention in Yemen through its support to the Houthis (Ansarallah), which also has posed a threat to neighbouring countries, particularly Saudi Arabia.
Meeting this week in Cairo, the Arab Parliament also stressed the need to support Yemen’s government, and to support the government and the Arab coalition in their efforts to restore legitimacy to the country.
The body, comprised of representatives of Arab League member states, also urged Arab institutions to work to establish security and peace in Yemen.
"Houthis present daily new evidence of their unwillingness to engage in any serious efforts to resolve the Yemeni crisis peacefully," the Arab Parliament said in a Wednesday statement.
This is evidenced by the militia's failure to attend the recent UN-backed peace talks in Geneva on September 6th, the statement said.
The Arab Parliament's statement also held the Houthis responsible for the continued suffering of the Yemeni people, saying their actions constitute "a threat to regional and international security".
The statement also urged the UN to take decisive and urgent measures against the Houthis’ forced recruitment of children in Yemen, saying the militia has been using them "as fuel in their futile war against the country's legitimate authority".
It also called on the UN to use all possible measures to prevent the Houthis from using government institutions, schools and hospitals as weapons storage depots, and from looting relief and humanitarian assistance.
It reiterated the need for the UN to oversee the distribution of relief assistance.
Threats to international navigation
The Arab Parliament also condemned the Houthis for their use of sea mines and booby-trapped boats, and for targeting oil tankers in the Red Sea.
"This is an act of terror and a dangerous threat to international peace and security, as it compounds security threats in this important strategic region," the statement said.
"This requires a unified stance from the international community to confront and deter this dangerous behaviour," it added.
Yemen's Deputy Human Rights Minister Nabil Abdul Hafiz denounced the Houthis' violations, both inside and outside the country, which includes the militia's continued firing of ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia.
"Neighbouring countries are suffering because of Iran’s support to the Houthis with weapons, money and training, and targeting international navigation," he told Al-Mashareq.
Abdul Hafiz said he supports the Arab Parliament’s stance, and urged the international community and UN Security Council to take the necessary steps to stop Iran’s support to the Houthis and interference in Yemen's internal affairs.
This will enhance the security and stability of Yemen and of the region as a whole, he added.