The Yemeni government, on Tuesday evening, sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the UN Security Council, in which it reviewed the grave violations committed by the Houthi militias against civilians, specifically in the Abdiya district in the Marib governorate. An imminent humanitarian catastrophe as a result of the Houthi militia’s siege of Al-Abdiyyah, while the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen announced its support for the operations and procedures of the Yemeni Ministry of Defense to protect civilians in Al-Abdiyyah, Marib, stressing that all military operations in Yemen are in accordance with international and humanitarian law.
The message delivered by the Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations, Abdullah Al-Saadi, presented the crimes of the Houthi militia against the sons of Abdiya, represented by their tight siege on the district since September 21, 2021, which has exacerbated the humanitarian situation, in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
The letter accused the Houthi militia of depriving 5,300 families (a total of 35,000 civilians) in Al-Abdiyyah from access to food, water, medicine and infant formula for nearly three weeks, which led to the death of 3 civilians at the time. 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 pointed out that at least 9,827 children in Abdiya They suffer from malnutrition, of whom 2,465 suffer from acute malnutrition, while 3,451 women need health care, while this blockade deprives 34 patients from accessing urgent health care, 23 of them suffer from 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, 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 a Houthi use of starvation as a weapon, and it amounts to a war crime. explosives, which resulted in at least 135 casualties Nahm 31 women and 17 children.
The letter confirmed that, at the same time, the Houthi militias continue to lay landmines in and around the area, including 4,289 internationally prohibited anti-personnel mines that have killed, maimed or injured A total of 262 civilians, including at least 32 women and 26 children.
Al-Saadi also pointed out 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 Abdiya so far. , in a 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 group’s occupation of a school and its use for military purposes, which led to the deprivation of 8,392 students of their right to education.
In its letter, the Yemeni government called on the United Nations and the UN Security Council to condemn the crimes in Abdiya and take decisive and urgent measures to lift the siege on it, save the lives of thousands of civilians, mostly women, children and the sick, allow the flow of food and medical supplies, and “stop the killing.” The systematic targeting of civilians with missiles ballistic missiles, drones, and other types of weapons, and holding the perpetrators accountable.”