Yemen’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah Al-Saadi, sent a letter today, Saturday, to the Security Council, regarding the massacres committed by the Iranian Houthi militia in Marib, and the continuation of the inhumane siege and bombardment in various parts of Marib, including the Abdiya district.
In his message, he indicated that the last Houthi attack on October 03, 2021 targeted the residential neighborhood of Al-Rawdah, north of the city of Ma’rib, with two ballistic missiles, killing and wounding at least 29 civilians, including at least 4 women and 5 children – one of whom was only seven months old.
The attack also caused severe damage to many residential houses in the area.. Pointing out that this attack is not the first of its kind, as the Houthi militia continues to launch its ballistic missiles to kill and injure civilians in Marib and other places in Yemen, and that there are many examples of such attacks, such as the attack on The Majma` neighborhood in Marib among other attacks, and the attack in Taiz as children were leaving school on July 3, 2021.
The letter sheds light on the Houthi militia’s crimes against civilians by imposing a strict siege on the Abdiya district, south of Marib. The Houthi militia has been depriving 5,300 families (a total of 35,000 civilians) of access to food, water, and medicine for nearly three weeks now, resulting in at least 3 civilian deaths so far.
Food and water shortages have forced civilians to drink contaminated water, threatening a health disaster in a country that has not fully recovered from the cholera outbreak.
He added, “There are at least 9,827 children living under siege in Al Abdiya district and suffering from malnutrition, 2,465 of whom suffer from acute malnutrition, while 3,451 women need health and reproductive care. This blockade also deprives 34 patients of access to Urgent healthcare, 23 of them suffer from kidney failure, and 11 suffer from cancer.”
The Permanent Representative pointed out that the Houthis’ continued violation of human rights and international humanitarian law, including by attacking civilians and civilian infrastructure and imposing a siege on the civilian population, will exacerbate the already dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, and push Yemen away from reaching a political solution to the crisis.
He renewed the Yemeni government’s call to the Security Council, the Human Rights Council, the United Nations and the international community to condemn the crimes and flagrant violations of the Houthi militia and hold them accountable; And obligating them to stop the attack and siege on Yemeni cities and the killing of innocent civilians, including women and children. He stressed that silence about these crimes and not naming the perpetrators will only be interpreted as impunity by these militias.