Activists condemn "camouflage" tactics of Saudi-led Taiz government as UN Envoy visits

Activists condemn "camouflage" tactics of Saudi-led Taiz government as UN Envoy visits

The Islah Party authorities loyal to the Saudi-led coalition in Taiz city, have on Monday morning closed off the city’s streets amid strict security measures coinciding with the arrival of the UN Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg.

Local residents said that the Islah authorities greatly exaggerated in creating the atmosphere for the UN Envoy, closing all streets and preventing vehicle movement, in addition to a wide security deployment in the city.

Bloggers on social media sites denounced the measures as “camouflage in front of a UN official, while the city is engulfed chaos, lawlessness, and lack of basic services.”

Human rights activists demanded that the UN Envoy stay in Taiz for a period of two months, in order to witness the sewage overflow, lack of security stability, and the omnipresence of weapons in the city.

Grundberg arrived this morning in the city of Taiz after a trip from Aden province, on the largest visit by a UN Envoy since the start of the war nearly seven years ago.

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