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Saudi Arabia tells UN: Houthis must be held accountable for war crimes

September 03, 2021
Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, the permanent Saudi representative to the UN.
Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, the permanent Saudi representative to the UN.

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia told the UN Security Council that it would take all necessary measures to preserve its security and the safety of its citizens and residents in accordance with its obligations under the international law.

In a letter, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, the permanent Saudi representative to the UN, also urged members of the council to strongly condemn acts of terrorism by the Houthis.

Saudi Arabia has called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to "shoulder its responsibility in ending threats posed by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia to international peace and security and to hold the militia accountable" for its violent activities.

The letter highlighted the continuing attacks on the Kingdom launched by the militias from Yemen "in a flagrant violation of international law and relevant Security Council resolutions."

One recent example given was a Houthi strike on Aug. 31 that targeted Abha International Airport, in the Kingdom’s Asir region, which wounded 8 civilians from different counties (Saudi Arabia, India, Bangladesh and Nepal), some in critical condition.

"Such an act of terrorism that targets civilian infrastructure and threatens innocent civilian travelers is a heinous war crime, and the Houthi militias must be held accountable in accordance with international humanitarian laws," Al-Mouallimi said in his letter.


September 03, 2021
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