Speaking at a protest in front of the UN office in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, on Friday, the executive director of the YPC, Ammar al-Adraei, held the UN responsible for the humanitarian crisis that would ensue from the world body’s silence about the Saudi-led coalition’s seizure of ships carrying petroleum products to Yemen.
He urged the UN to fulfill its humanitarian duty to have the ships released and to prevent the “acts of piracy” practiced by the members of the Saudi-led coalition.
“The operational activities of the service sectors have begun to collapse as a result of the continued seizure of the fuel ships,” Adraei said. “The lives of 26 million Yemenis are at stake, so we hold the United Nations fully responsible for the humanitarian crisis, war crimes, and genocide.”
He said the UN used the US blacklisting of the Houthi Ansarullah movement as a pretext for its inaction on the issue.
Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced the US labeling of the Houthi Ansarullah movement as a “terrorist” organization on January 10 in defiance of aid groups that feared the decision would worsen a humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country.