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Saudi Arabia Demands UN to Disarm Houthi Militias

Saudi Arabia Demands UN to Disarm Houthi Militias

Wednesday, 15 May, 2019 - 19:00
Saudi Ambassador to the UN Abdallah al-Mouallimi. (Getty Images)
New York - Ali Barada
Saudi Arabia urged the United Nations Security Council to take urgent measures to disarm the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen and prevent an escalation in regional tensions.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates submitted complaints to the UN over the dangerous targeting of four commercial tankers of the UAE’s Fujairah coast and its threat to the security and safety of international marine navigation, as well as the attack against oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.

In an address to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and head of the Security Council, Saudi Ambassador to the UN Abdallah al-Mouallimi said that seven drones targeted Saudi infrastructure, adding that they were flown by the Houthis in Yemen towards the pumping stations in Al Duwadimi and Afif.

The attack targeted the East-West pipeline that transports Saudi oil from Yanbu port to the rest of the world, he went on to say.

At a time when the Houthis claim full responsibility to this attack, deeming it a “victory”, such a development will only lead to further escalation in the region, he warned.

Mouallimi stressed that Saudi Arabia supports the efforts exerted by UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths and redeployment team to implement the Stockholm agreement on Yemen, warning, however, that such attacks undermine these efforts.

He reiterated that Riyadh calls for the implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions that should deter the Houthis from using the Hodeidah port as a platform for several of their terrorist attacks.

He also demanded that immediate measures be taken to tackle the Houthis’ weapons caches to disarm this terrorist militia and avert an escalation in regional tensions and attacks.

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