New York

17 January 2022

Note to Correspondents: Yemen and the United Arab Emirates

In response to questions about Yemen and the United Arab Emirates, we can say the following:

The Secretary-General condemns today’s attacks on Abu Dhabi’s International Airport and the nearby industrial Musaffah area, which reportedly caused several civilian casualties and have been claimed by the Houthis. Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure are prohibited by international humanitarian law.  
The Secretary-General calls upon all parties to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any escalation amid heightened tensions in the region. There is no military solution to the conflict in Yemen. He urges the parties to engage constructively and without preconditions with his Special Envoy Grundberg and his mediation efforts with the aim to advance the political process to reach a comprehensive negotiated settlement to end the conflict in Yemen.