Government of Yemen denies violation of human rights by popular resistance fighters after liberation of Taiz

RIYADH, 12th March, 2016 (WAM)--The Government of Yemen has denied the government forces and the popular resistance fighters violated human rights and international humanitarian law, following the liberation of Taiz province, south west of the country, from al-Houthi militia and Saleh group.

Yemen's Minister of Human Rights, Izz Al-Din Al-Asbahi, was quoted by the Yemeni official news agency as saying that the media elements belonging to the coup militia published fabricated photographs and actions they alleged to have been committed by the popular resistance in Taiz.

He added that those elements disseminated these fabricated images and rushed them to the diplomatic and international bodies on the ground that they reflect the behaviour of the popular resistance in Taiz against the militia. "Of course this is not true," the minister said, and noted that the popular resistance brushed aside such claims.

Al-Asbahi said that the national army and popular resistance fighters are aware that their victory in the moral front "is more important than any military achievement on the ground," and Taiz, which has resisted the fatal siege that lasted more than nine months would not seek any criminal reprisals against the coup militia that became professional murderers of civilians, and imposed the blockade on them.

He stressed the importance of a moral victory on the battlefield to liberate the country from the control of the Houthi militia and Saleh group, noting that any violation of the principles of human rights and international humanitarian law by any party, is not allowed.

The Yemeni Minister of Human Rights underlined that the popular resistance in Taiz, "cannot condone any actions outside the law, or slide in reactions and reprisals," adding that the popular resistance fighters embrace the principles of freedom, equality and peace they are fighting for.


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