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Riyadh Urges UNSC to Hold Houthis Accountable for their Terrorism

Riyadh Urges UNSC to Hold Houthis Accountable for their Terrorism

Thursday, 4 March, 2021 - 11:30
Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Muallami, Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi Arabia is calling on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to continue shouldering its responsibility in getting Iran-backed Houthi militias to stop threatening international peace and security and hold them accountable.

In a letter focused on persistent Houthi hostilities against Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Muallami, told the UNSC that Houthi terrorism continues to jeopardize UN peacemaking efforts in Yemen and undermine the credibility of Security Council resolutions.

Writing to the UNSC on orders from the Saudi government, Al-Muallami sent copies of his letter to both US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who is assuming the rotating presidency of the UNSC this month, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

He alerted the Council to the continued military hostilities committed by the Houthis against the Kingdom.

“Among these hostilities towards civilians and civilian objects, some of the scattered debris of a ballistic missile launched by these militias resulted in material damage to one house in Riyadh on February 27th 2021, after being intercepted and destroyed,” Al-Muallami wrote.

“Moreover, the fall of a military projectile (on Monday) launched by these militias towards one of the border villages in Jazan Region injured five civilians as a result of flying shrapnel. It also damaged two houses, a grocery store and three civilian vehicles.”

“Although the Security Council strongly condemned the continuation of Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia and called for an immediate cessation of attacks without preconditions in its resolution 2564 (2021) that was adopted on 25 February 2021, the Houthi militias continue their behavior in ignoring and violating Security Council resolutions and International Humanitarian Law,” the Saudi envoy wrote.

“It is an obvious response of the Houthi militias to the … calls and appeals (of the UNSC and international community) for a political solution to the crisis in Yemen, and it proves once again that these militias only believe in terrorist behavior to reach their narrow political aims.”

Al-Muallami reiterated that Saudi Arabia reserves its full rights “to safeguard its citizens, residents and territories in accordance with its commitments under international law.”

He asked Thomas-Greenfield to circulate the letter as an official document.

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