UAE criticizes EU for being "unjust" over airstrikes in Yemen's Hodeidah

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-06 04:04:01|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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DUBAI, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) top diplomat on Sunday criticized the EU for being "unjust" in describing the situation in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.

The joint statement on Saturday by Federica Mogherini, EU's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, "has failed to condemn the Houthi militias" on Hodeidah's airstrikes, said UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on his Twitter account.

"It has failed to condemn the Houthi militias for their violations of the humanitarian situation, especially following the crime of targeting the hospital and fish market," he explained.

The European position is "weaker in dealing with the Houthi violations," Gargash added.

The UAE is part of a Saudi-led military coalition that has been fighting the Shiite Houthi rebels since March 2015, in order to defend the internationally recognized Yemeni government under President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The contested Red Sea port city of Hodeidah is the gateway of Yemen's northwestern region which remains mostly occupied by the Houthis.

In mid-June, Hadi returned to Yemen's port city of Aden after another one-year exile in Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh.