By building a synagogue in the UAE, the Emirati officials are attempting to portray a humane image of themselves, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said.
“The UAE is failing to recall that with its participation in the aggressive Saudi-led coalition, it has caused displacement and diseases among millions of people in Yemen,” he added.
The United Arab Emirates is building its first official synagogue that authorities says will be finished by 2022.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies, including the UAE, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in order to bring former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.
The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past five years.
More than half of Yemen’s hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or closed during the war by the coalition, which is supported militarily by the UK, US and other Western nations.
At least 80 percent of the 28 million-strong population is also reliant on aid to survive in what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.