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Saudi Arabia Urges Security Council to Halt Houthi Terrorism

Saudi Arabia Urges Security Council to Halt Houthi Terrorism

Saturday, 6 April, 2019 - 09:00
Saudi Ambassador to the UN Abdullah al-Mouallimi. (Getty Images)
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Saudi Arabia has called on the United Nations Security Council to take urgent measures to confront the terrorist and hostile violations by the Iran-supported Houthi militias in Yemen.

The latest of these violations took place on Tuesday when the Houthis targeted residential regions in Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait with drones that were downed by air defenses.

Shrapnel from the destroyed aircraft fell over residential areas, leaving five civilians wounded, including a woman and child.

The Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Abdullah al-Mouallimi addressed this issue with Security Council president for April, German Ambassador Christoph Heusgen. A copy of his letter was sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

He briefed them on the April 2 attack in which the Saudi defenses intercepted and destroyed the Houthi drones.

He warned that the Houthis continue to target civilians through drones and explosives-laden boats. They also continue to launch attacks from Yemen’s Hodeidah province at a time when the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen is abiding by the ceasefire there as agreed upon in the 2018 Stockholm agreement.

He accused the militias of maintaining their terrorist acts in order to provoke a military retaliation from the coalition.

Mouallimi stressed the Kingdom's commitment to the political efforts spearheaded by UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths and head of the UN operation monitoring the Hodeidah ceasefire Michael Lollesgaard.

He warned in the “strongest terms”, the Houthi terrorist militias against targeting civilians and resorting to suicide attacks, saying such acts will lead to a decisive reaction by the coalition in accordance to International Humanitarian Law.

Mouallimi urged the full implementation of all related Security Council resolutions 2140, 2216 and 2541 in order to prevent the Houthis from using Hodeidah Port for their terrorist operations.

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