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Houthi Atrocities Wreak Havoc on Schools, Archeological Sites, Homes in Jawf

Houthi Atrocities Wreak Havoc on Schools, Archeological Sites, Homes in Jawf

Wednesday, 20 March, 2019 - 10:00
Armed Houthi followers carry their rifles as they attend a gathering to show support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen December 19, 2018. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
Jawf (Yemen)- Asharq Al-Awsat

At a time human rights advocates are calling for an investigation into crimes committed by the Iran-backed Houthi militias, a Yemeni government report accused the group of destroying nearly 1,722 units among which were public institutions, cities and national heritage sites in Al Jawf governorate.

During a presser, Al Jawf Governor Amin Al Akmi accused Houthis of committing “unprecedented crimes in Yemen,” and urged international, regional and local organizations to shoulder their responsibility for exposing such atrocities. 

The human rights office in Al Jawf, which shares a border with neighboring Saudi Arabia, released a detailed report documenting 1,722 accounts of Houthis blowing up, vandalizing and trespassing on public and private properties.

According to the report, 32 homes and 35 schools were demolished, 57 commercial shops and businesses were leveled to the ground, and at least 1,500 farms sustained damages.

Ten water wells were put out of service in the governorate. Houthi damage went beyond Al Jawf’s infrastructure as militiamen attacked the headquarters of political parties.

In terms of public assets, Houthis devastated 10 government buildings, six health facilities and 63 archaeological landmarks.

Houthis have coupled their ground strategy for destruction with an agenda promoting sectarian violence.

Speaking at a session for the UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva, the head of Yemen’s local human rights and freedoms group Haqi, Hani al-Aswadi, listed human rights violations popular in Houthi conduct.

Forced displacement of Yemenis and Jews, attacks on members of the country’s Salafi community, residing in the northwestern small town of Dammaj, and oppressing tribesmen within the Hajour province are common appalling and sectarian-driven practices carried out by the militias.

According to Aswadi, discriminatory abuses have worsened in Yemen since the insurgents led their nationwide coup in September 2014.

Aswadi blasted the impunity enjoyed by Houthis, calling for action to bring their human rights violations to an end before it becomes “too difficult to control at a later time.”

He also warned against the consequences of Houthis introducing radicalizing and sectarian in school curricula that “distort the mind,” a move set to disrupt the country’s social fabric and outlook for future generations.

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