Today, Thursday, Yemen’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah Al-Saadi, delivered a message to the UN Security Council about the continuation of the Houthi aggression and the barbaric targeting of the civilian population and villages in the governorates of Ma’rib and Taiz, as well as the continued restrictions imposed by the Houthi militias on the flow of basic goods and humanitarian aid, which caused a widening gap. humanitarian needs, and the exacerbation of the human suffering of the population, the displaced and the forcibly displaced.
Al-Saadi said, “The Houthi militias continue to brutally target civilians and civilian and religious objects in Marib, the latest of which is the attack with two ballistic missiles on the densely populated al-Juba area, south of Marib.”
Noting that the October 31, 2021 attack, which directly targeted a mosque and an educational center, killed at least 39 civilians, most of whom were students, in flagrant violation of international law and international humanitarian law.
He stressed that the deliberate attacks against the civilian population and religious and educational buildings amount to war crimes.. He pointed to the continuous Houthi attacks against civilians, the latest of which was the brutal attack with ballistic missiles on October 28, 2021 on the house of Abdul Latif al-Qibli in Marib, which claimed no less than the victims of the attack. About 12 civilians from his family, including women and children.
Al-Saadi explained that more than 54,502 civilians have been forcibly displaced since the beginning of September 2021 due to the repeated and continuous Houthi attacks on the areas of Al-Juba, Harib and Al-Rahba using ballistic missiles, artillery and other heavy weapons.. He pointed out that thousands of families are still stuck due to the destruction of roads and restrictions on movement. And the severe danger resulting from the Houthi militia attacks that surround the area.
Ambassador Al-Saadi touched on the Houthi siege under which the city of Taiz has been located for more than 6 years, during which civilians bore the brunt of the siege and were constantly subjected to indiscriminate artillery shelling by Houthi militias, which resulted in thousands of casualties, especially among civilians, including children and women. and elderly.
“Despite the fact that Taiz was a constant item in all peace talks led by the United Nations, most recently in Stockholm, no progress has been made to end the siege,” he said, stressing that this represents the failure of the international community to the residents of Taiz, and the absence of explicit international condemnations of the Houthi crimes. protect civilians and alleviate their suffering.
He added, “The Houthi militias have recently intensified their bombardment of the eastern and western neighborhoods of the besieged city of Taiz, which led to several casualties among civilians and severe destruction of civilian property, including the Houthi targeting with artillery on October 30, 2021 for the civilian neighborhood in Taiz, which resulted in 3 children from one family were killed and 3 other children were injured, all of whom are in critical condition.
Al-Saadi stressed that these horrific crimes come within a series of massacres and systematic and deliberate crimes committed by the Houthi militia against civilians in recent weeks in the governorates of Marib and Taiz, which claimed the lives of many innocent civilians, including women and children, in flagrant defiance of the will and efforts of the international community and the Security Council aimed at To end the conflict and achieve a comprehensive and sustainable peace in Yemen.
It also called on the international community, the Security Council and all human rights organizations to assume their legal and moral responsibilities by condemning and stopping the inhuman Houthi aggression and the daily targeting of civilians in Marib and the rest of the Yemeni regions, and to demand that the Houthi militias be held accountable for their violations that amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
He renewed the Yemeni government’s appeal to the international community, United Nations agencies and all relief organizations, to take urgent measures to expand the scope of its humanitarian response to confront the new waves of displacement in Marib, especially with the onset of winter and the widening of the crisis and the gap in humanitarian needs in Marib Governorate.