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Iran support fuelling Yemen conflict: Kerry

Staff Report/Aden
Filed on February 28, 2016 | Last updated on February 28, 2016 at 12.26 am

The Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen has already seized a shipment carrying relief aid with communication devices hidden in it.

Iran continues to support Houthi militia and the ousted president Saleh supporters, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

He said the Iranian support was fuelling insurgency against the administration of President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi, adding that a cargo with artillery was seized en route from Iran to Yemen. The shipment proves Iran's continuation to aid to certain groups, he added.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen has already seized a shipment carrying relief aid with communication devices hidden in it.

The EU has expressed its disappointment over the slow pace of Yemeni peace process. Spokeswoman for EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini, Catherine Ray, said at a Press conference that the solution to Yemen crisis should be political.

All parties should attend talks sponsored by the UN as soon as possible, Ray added.

Ray said that the European Union has urged all the parties in Yemen to respect international humanitarian law.

Amnesty International has accused Houthi militias and pro-Saleh militants of using brutal force against civilians, in addition to kidnapping activists.

In its annual report, Amnesty International said that Houthi and pro-Saleh militias have reportedly killed at least 10 protesters in Sanaa, Taiz and Ibb. According to the report, militia members have also wounded hundreds and randomly arrested government supporters and journalists.

Medical facilities and their staff are being attacked by Houthi militants and pro-Saleh insurgents. The attacks gravely endangered patients by turning medical facilities into battlefields.

Facilities near Aden and Taiz have specifically suffered the humanitarian law disrespect of the insurgent Houthis and pro-Saleh fighters.

Amnesty International said that Houthi militants used real bullets against unarmed protesters in the Ibb governorate on February 16, and thus resulted in wounding a fair number of civilian protestors.

On February 21, the militants also resorted to shooting at protestors killing one of them, Nasr Al Shoja'a.

Houthis used cruel violence against those who went out on a peaceful protest in Taiz. At least eight protestors were killed. In Sanaa, the rights groups said that the rebel militants have kidnapped protesters and people deemed as opponents in Yemen.

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