The United Kingdom on Wednesday, called on all parties involved in the conflict in Yemen to respect the international humanitarian law and prioritize the protection of civilians with respect to the recent military operations in the port of Hodeidah. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson stated in a press conference, “we are in contact with the Coalition about the need to ensure that any military operations in and around Hodeidah are conducted in accordance with the international humanitarian law, including on the protection of civilians, and do not disrupt commercial and humanitarian flows through the port.” It is vital to maintaining the flow of food, medical, and fuel supplies for the Yemeni people, and the Houthis not to compromise port facilities or hinder the humanitarian response, Boris added.
Boris urged, “the ongoing Coalition intervention in Yemen came at the request of the legitimate Government of Yemen after Houthi rebels took the Yemeni capital by force in 2014.” Moreover, he assured the consistent failure of the Houthi forces to adhere to UN Security Council Resolutions, by launching missile attacks into Saudi Arabia and disrupting maritime traffic in the Red Sea, along with denying the Yemeni people access to humanitarian supplies leading to severe suffering. The only escape from this conflict is through a peaceful political solution, said Boris, calling on all parties involved to support the efforts in dialogue and negotiation to bring lasting peace and stability in Yemen
Source: Kuwait News Agency