UN urges Aden parties to exercise restraint and abide by international law

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United Nations said it was “closely following developments on the ground in Aden,” expressing “deep concern over the impact of violence on civilians, with initial reports of 40 deaths and 260 injuries.”

This came in a statement issued by the spokesman of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, on Tuesday.

“The United Nations continues to urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint and to abide by international humanitarian and human rights law,” the statement said.

The statement welcomed “the initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to hold a meeting in Jeddah among the relevant stakeholders to resolve their differences through dialogue.”

“The importance of all parties to ensure that the events of the past days do not lead to further instability in Aden or elsewhere in Yemen,” the statement stressed. “The conflict in Yemen can only be resolved through a comprehensive political process,” he said.

The Office of the Secretary-General renewed the call of the United Nations, earlier today, all parties concerned to maintain the prevailing ceasefire in the province of Aden, southwestern Yemen, and engage in dialogue to resolve differences.

“Since the escalation of violence in Aden last Wednesday, the United Nations has been focused on staying there and providing basic life-saving programs in Aden and neighboring provinces,” a statement said.

“34 humanitarian organizations are currently working in Aden, providing food aid to 1.9 million people per month, and drinking water to about 1.6 million people,” the statement said.

The statement pointed out that “the port of Aden, which is one of the main gate of commercial and humanitarian goods to Yemen, is still working, as the airport has also reopened, and most of the roads are open in Aden.”

On Saturday, the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (NTC) forces took control of most of the positions and camps of the presidential guard loyal to the legitimate Yemeni government.

Since 2015, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been leading an Arab alliance that carries out military operations in Yemen, supporting pro-government forces, against Iranian-backed Houthis, who have controlled provinces including the capital Sanaa since 2014.

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