Asharq Al-awsat English Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper

Security Council Condemns Houthi Cross-border Attacks against Saudi Arabia

Security Council Condemns Houthi Cross-border Attacks against Saudi Arabia

Thursday, 21 October, 2021 - 03:45
A former meeting of UN Security Council members. File photo

The UN Security Council Wednesday condemned the cross-border attacks by Yemen’s Houthi militias against Saudi Arabia.

It highlighted the October 8 attack on King Abdullah Airport and the drone attacks striking the Abha civilian airport.

The Council also called for an end to the escalation by the militias in the strategic city of Marib.

It called for "de-escalation" in Yemen in a unanimously adopted statement.

Council members condemned the increasing number of incidents off the coast of Yemen, including attacks on civilian and commercial ships, which pose a significant risk to the maritime security of vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea.

"The members of the Security Council expressed grave concern for the dire humanitarian situation, including prolonged starvation and the growing risk of large-scale famine," the text said.

The UN body also repeated its concern over "the grave threat posed by the Safer oil tanker."

Anchored off the coast of Hodeidah, the 45-year-old fuel vessel FSO Safer has been at risk of sinking or exploding for several years.

The Council says Houthis are responsible for the situation, as they refuse to allow the UN to conduct any assessment of the ship.

Editor Picks