The Yemeni government turns to the United Nations and the Security Council on Houthi crimes in Abdiya

On Tuesday evening, the Yemeni government sent a letter to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and the UN Security Council, in which examined the serious violations committed by the Houthi militias against civilians, in particularly in the Abdiya district in the governorate of Marib and the information minister of Yemen warned of an impending humanitarian catastrophe due to the siege of Abdiya by the Houthi militia, while the coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen announced its support for operations and the procedures of the Yemeni Ministry of Defense to protect civilians in Abdiya, Marib, noting that all military operations in Yemen comply with international and humanitarian law.

The letter delivered by the Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations, Abdullah Al-Saadi, presented the crimes of the Houthi militias against the children of Abdiya, represented by their tight siege of the district from 21 September 2021, which has exacerbated the humanitarian situation, in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

The letter accused Houthi militias of depriving Abdiya’s 5,300 families (totaling 35,000 civilians) of access to food, water, medicine and infant formula for nearly three weeks, which has so far led to the deaths of at least 3 civilians, and that 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 epidemic.

She pointed out that at least 9,827 children in Abdiya suffer from malnutrition, of which 2,465 suffer from acute malnutrition, while 3,451 women are in need of health care, while this siege deprives 34 patients of access to urgent health care, 23 of whom suffer from acute malnutrition. . Of kidney failure, 11 suffer from cancer.

He stressed that the Houthi militias’ prevention of medical personnel from reaching the villages in the district has caused a medical and health disaster among civilians, and that hindering the arrival of food and medicine and allowing international and local organizations is nothing more. that the Houthis’ use of hunger as a weapon, which amounts to a war crime.

He said the management has been subject to violent Houthi attacks, which have so far amounted to 2,523 attacks with artillery, ballistic missiles and explosives-laden drones, which have resulted in at least 135 casualties, including 31 women and 17 children.

At the same time, the letter confirmed that Houthi militias continue to place mines in and around thearea, including 4,289 internationally banned anti-personnel mines, which 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 Houthis siege on the freedom and movement of civilians and the right to education of children, including the kidnapping and arrest of 3,278 Al-Abdiyyah civilians so far. in flagrant violation of freedom of movement, and causing 18 schools to close in front of students as a result of the Houthi siege and its continued bombardment with ballistic missiles and various types of heavy weapons, including group occupation of a school and its use for military purposes, which deprived 8,392 students of their right to studio.

In its letter, the Yemeni government called on the United Nations and the United Nations Security Council to condemn the crimes of Abdiya and take decisive and urgent measures to lift the siege, save the lives of thousands of civilians, mostly women, children and the sick, allow the flow of food and medical supplies and “stop the systematic killing of civilians with ballistic missiles and airplanes”, unmanned aerial vehicles and other types of weapons, and hold those responsible.

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