Saudi Arabia Urges the UN to Hold Houthis Accountable

UN must hold Houthi militia accountable for their continuing attacks on civilians in the Kingdom, along with those who supply it with arms and resources, the Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN, Abdallah Al Mouallimi, demanded in his letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN Security Council.

Stressing that the Kingdom, in line with its obligations under international law, will spare no effort in taking all necessary measures to protect its lands and ensure the safety of its citizens and residents, Al Mouallimi reminded the international body about the continuation of terrorist attacks launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia on Saudi Arabia.

According to the Saudi ambassador, attacking civilian infrastructures – such as the Houthi attack on October 8 at Jazan airport that has damaged the airport and injured 10 civilians and employees- and threatening innocent people could amount to a war crime, for which the Houthi militia must be held accountable in accordance with international law.

Further in the letter he also mentioned the attack with a military projectile that has hit a shop in Samtah, Jazan on Dec. 24, killing a Saudi citizen and a Yemeni resident and injuring seven other civilians, including a Bangladeshi resident.

Two other shops and 12 vehicles were also damaged in the attack, the letter said.

Ambassador Al Mouallimi said that it’s crucial that the Security Council assumes its responsibility because the continued absence of adequate and strict measures by the international community is sending the Houthis the wrong message to continue their terrorist acts.

It’s the second time in a week that the Kingdom has demanded action against the Houthis in accordance with international law in a bid to stop the militia threatening international peace and security.

Previously on Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry condemned the car bomb attack on government officials in Aden, Yemen during which at least six people were killed and 11 injured. Security sources said that an explosive-rigged car was detonated as the convoy of Aden’s governor Ahmed Lamlas passed by.

Demanding that all sides strive to implement the Riyadh Agreement to achieve peace and stability in Yemen, the Kingdom’s Foreign Ministry stressed that it stands in solidarity with the Yemenis as the terrorist attack was not directed just against the Yemeni government but against all its people.

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