UN Accuses Yemen Fores of Attacking Northerners

Arbitrary attacks on northerners in revenge for recent strikes

The UN has issued a new statement expressing concern about the Saudi and UAE-backed government in southern Yemen and its recent treatment of people from the northern part of Yemen.

Since the Houthis, who control the north, attacked government military targets last week, there have been growing reports of arbitrary arrests and assaults on northerners in revenge attacks.

The UN report singled out UAE-backed security forces, saying they’d been both carrying out revenge attacks on civilians and enabling attacks by other groups against northerners.

The report added that there were accusations that troops had been stopping people in hotels and restaurants, demanding ID, and rounding up everybody from the country’s north. Many have been arrested, and hundreds have fled southern Yemen to escape the attacks.

Author: Jason Ditz

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