SANA’A – Member of the Supreme Political Council Mohammed Ali al-Houthi had on Wednesday called on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to evacuate wounded from Ad Durayhimi District, to hand over Yemeni prisoners of French nationality, and receive al-Qaeda prisoners who have finished their sentences and return them to their areas.
“The ICRC will continue to have all the facilities to carry out its mission in Yemen,” al-Houthi said when he received the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Sana’a on Wednesday.
However, he called on the committee not to disturb its role.
He said: “We want the commission to carry out its mission and not to disturb its role, as happened in not removing the wounded from the city of Ad Durayhimi District, even though the committee has the right to evacuate even the military”.
He urged the ICRC to “play an active role in the implementation of the Swedish Agreement on the Exchange of Prisoners”.
He indicated that there are prisoners of Yemeni origin but having French nationality, who had been arrested years ago on suspicion of belonging to Al-Qaeda, and requested them to be returned to France.
He also called on the committee to “receive and return [foreign] al-Qaeda elements from the occupied governorates who have spent their time in their areas”.
“There are other elements associated with bombings and assassinations that are being prosecuted by the judiciary, which is an independent authority,” Mohammed al-Houthi confirmed.
For his part, Speaker of the Shura Council, Mohammed Hussein Al-Eidros addressed the suffering of citizens in Durayhimi as a result of the siege imposed on them by the coalition and its militants 14 months ago.
“The coalition of aggression continues to increase the suffering of citizens even in areas under its control,” he added.
He expressed his hope that the Red Cross will “visit prisons in the southern provinces and compare them with prisons in unoccupied areas, to know the big difference”.
“The core of the ICRC’s work is to help and protect the wounded, including the military,” ICRC President Peter Maurer said at the meeting.
He added: “We appreciate access to detention centers and we agree that what happened in Dhamar is very unfortunate and that there must be an investigation,” he said, referring to the Saudi bombing of Dhamar prison.
“The bombing country should also know what locations it is bombing and what it is targeting, especially civilian areas.”
“The efforts made by the ICRC in Yemen in previous years for a dialogue with the parties are endangered by the conducting of hostilities,” Said Maurer, head of the Red Cross Committee said, referring to the Saudi-led coalition.