Saudi Arabia has warned the United Nations and other aid agencies to move aid workers away from rebel-held areas in Yemen, where the Saudi-led coalition is carrying out intense airstrikes, according to a letter revealed on Thursday.
According to media reports, the Saudi mission in Geneva sent an initial letter to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on 5 February.
The letter asked the UN agency to “notify all the international organisations working in Yemen” to relocate their staff away from Houthi-held areas “in order for the Coalition forces to guarantee the safety and security of the international organisations.”
A similar letter marked urgent was sent out by the Saudi embassy in London.
The United Nations flatly rejected the request and reminded Saudi Arabia of its obligations to allow humanitarian access in Yemen, where coalition warplanes have been pounding Houthi rebels for nearly a year.
UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien said in a letter to Saudi Ambassador to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi that relief organisations were “delivering life-saving assistance as per internationally recognised principles and will continue to do so.”
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