(MENAFN) The UAE has claimed that the Shiite Houthis are interfering with humanitarian aid to civilians in Yemen, calling for the militant group to withdraw from Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.
In his post on Twitter, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash stated "the Houthis are blocking the off-loading of aid at Hodeidah port, destroying water and sewage systems, indiscriminately placing mines, IEDs (improvised explosive devices), snipers and heavy weaponry amongst residential areas."
Gargash noted "the full, peaceful and unconditional withdrawal of the Houthi militias from the city and port of Hodeidah is the only route to avert worsening the situation in and around the city."
He added "we will continue to exert military pressure and respect the fragile humanitarian conditions. The liberation of Hodeidah will accelerate the peaceful settlement for Yemen and the Yemeni people."