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Aoun says Saudi war in Yemen illegal: report

A Yemeni man stands near his house destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

BEIRUT: Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun has said that Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen violated international law, according to a report.

Local daily As-Safir said it has learned that the Yemen conflict was the focal point of discussions during the FPM’s weekly meeting Tuesday.

It said Aoun believed that the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen was tantamount to a Saudi war on Yemen.

Aoun, according to As-Safir, told his bloc that the “Saudi war is illegal, based on international law.”

Saudi Arabia's intervention in Yemen launched last week has been a decisive issue for Lebanese figures. The Future Movement has offered Riyadh its support, arguing that it sought it stabalize the country, while Hezbollah denounced it, describing the intervention as an aggression and urging a halt to airstrikes.

Prime Minister Tamman Salam and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who belongs to Aoun's FPM, have taken a more a neutral stance, shying away from explicity endorsing or denouncing the intervention.

 

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