The United Nations has added a Saudi-led military coalition to a blacklist of child rights violators alleging that the Saudi-led military coalition has caused deaths and injuries to children in war-torn Yemen.
The UN seems to be forgetting that the Saudi Government has put in effect ample measures in order to help and avoid any collateral damages by the coalition. The massive efforts by the Saudi-led military coalition against the Houthi rebels are of immense strategic importance and the UN should appreciate the importance a peacekeeping mission.
The UN annual report on children in the armed conflict itself acknowledged and noted that the coalition had “put in places measures during the reporting period to improve the protection of children”.
Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabeeah, Adviser at the Saudi Royal Court and General Supervisor of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRELIEF), said that the centre has implemented about 98 main projects in Yemen with the collaboration of 73 partners.
At a press conference held in London in the presence of Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom, Dr. al-Rabeeah said Saudi Arabia will continue to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people – children, women and refugees in neighbouring countries.
Saudi Arabia “will continue to extend a helping hand to the Yemenis,” he added.
He pointed out the directives of the Saudi King are clear in terms of exerting all efforts in support of relief and humanitarian works in various countries in the world through King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.
Dr. al-Rabeeah said that the centre cooperates with Britain’s Department for International Development, which has helped KSRELIEF coordinate with different international organizations in humanitarian work and exchange of expertise.
The General Supervisor of KSRELIEF briefed reporters on the efforts exerted by the centre in different areas of the world and the assistance it has provided in more than 30 countries across four continents.
Saudi Arabia is a major supporter of the UN as it has initiated many key humanitarian projects across the world including Yemen. Moreover, Saudi funding to the UN is of immense importance as it provides aid to several people of Earth.
Such efforts cannot be neglected and the blacklisting is a clear error, which seems to overlook the massive efforts by the Saudi Government and the Saudi-led military coalition to provide humanitarian relief and security to the people, women and children that are the victim of the Yemeni crisis brewed by the Houthi Rebels. In the light of such initiatives by the Saudi Government, it compels one to speculate the actual reasons for such pressure tactics. And it is not a surprise when many believe that it might be an indirect reaction from the US to warn Saudia Arabia of its growing alliance with Russia.