Today, the Permanent Representative of our country to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah Al-Saadi, sent the message of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the UN Security Council, in which he reviewed the grave violations committed by the Houthi militias against civilians, specifically in the Al-Abdiya district in the Marib governorate.
In his letter, Al-Saadi referred to the crimes of the Houthi militia against the sons of Abdiya, represented by their tight siege on the district on September 21, 2021, which aggravated the humanitarian situation, noting that this siege represents a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
He added that the Houthi militias have been depriving 5,300 families (a total of 35,000 civilians) in Abdiya of access to food, water, medicine and infant formula for nearly three weeks now, which has led to the death of at least 3 civilians so far, and that the lack of food and water has forced civilians to drink contaminated water , which could lead to a health disaster in a country that has not fully recovered from the cholera outbreak.
He noted that at least 9,827 children in Al-Abdiyyah suffer from malnutrition, of whom 2,465 suffer from acute malnutrition, while 3,451 women need health care, while this blockade deprives 34 patients of access to urgent health care, 23 of whom suffer from acute malnutrition. of kidney failure, and 11 suffer from cancer.
He pointed out that the Houthi militia’s prevention of medical staff from reaching the villages of the district, has caused a medical and health disaster among civilians, and that obstructing the arrival of food and medicine and allowing international and local organizations is nothing but the Houthis’ use of starvation as a weapon, which amounts to a war crime.
He added that the directorate has been subjected to violent Houthi attacks, which have so far amounted to 2,523 attacks with artillery, ballistic missiles and drones loaded with explosives, resulting in at least 135 casualties, including 31 women and 17 children.. Noting that the militias continue to plant landmines in the area at the same time. and around it, including 4,289 internationally prohibited antipersonnel mines that killed, maimed or injured a total of 262 civilians, including at least 32 women and 26 children.
Al-Saadi also drew attention to the effects of the Houthi siege on the freedom and movement of civilians and the right to education for children, including the kidnapping and arrest of 3,278 civilians from Al-Abdiyyah so far, in flagrant violation of freedom of movement, and causing the closure of 18 schools in front of students as a result of the Houthi siege and its continuous targeting with ballistic missiles and various types of heavy weapons. Including the Houthi occupation of a school and its use for military purposes, which deprived 8,392 students of their right to education.
Al-Saadi appealed to the United Nations and the UN Security Council to condemn the crimes of the Houthi militia and take decisive and urgent measures to lift the siege on Abdiya and save the lives of thousands of civilians, mostly women, children and the sick, and allow the flow of food and medical supplies, and stop the systematic killing of civilians with ballistic missiles, drones and other types of weapons. and hold the perpetrators of these crimes accountable.