SANA’A -The United Nations Office for Human Rights has said that units of the so-called Security Belt are behind the regional campaign of violence motivated by regionalism, which resulted in the deportation of hundreds of Yemenis under the pretext of “revenge” for killed separatist mercenary Abu al-Yamamah.
A spokeswoman for the office, Ravina Shamdasani, said in a statement that units belonging to forces known as the Security Belt, supported by the United Arab Emirates, were behind the abuses.
“We have received information from various sources about arrests, arbitrary detentions, forced displacement, physical assaults and harassment, as well as looting and sabotage by security forces against hundreds of northerners,” Shamdasani said in a statement, referring to the persecution of northern Yemenis in southern provinces such as Aden.
The statement added that according to information received, security forces “searched hotels and restaurants, and stopped people to ask them for their identities and arrested people from northern Yemen.”
The UN Office for Human Rights stressed that “arrests and forced displacement are a violation of international law”.
More than 2,400 citizens have been humiliated, over 1,700 shops burned and damaged and more than 1,700 shops closed, according to statistics from the Southern Media Center.
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