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Yemen calls on international rights organizations to stop Saudi ‘genocide’ in border areas

A man carrying an injured girl in the aftermath of a deadly Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen. (File photo)

Yemen’s Ministry of Human Rights has strongly condemned Saudi atrocities against Yemeni civilians and African migrants in border regions, calling on international rights organizations to put a stop to the Saudi genocide.

The ministry said in a Sunday statement that it was “shocked” by the silence of the international community and international bodies led by the UN in face of the crimes committed by the kingdom.

“We remind the world, with all its humanitarian bodies, that the victims of the Saudi attacks, since the beginning of the armistice, have reached 2,258, including 285 martyrs in the border directorates of Sa’ada, and the death toll is still increasing,” read the statement, carried by Yemen’s al-Masirah television network.

It further lamented that artillery shells and machine guns are still raining down on the heads of civilians and immigrants, while the most severe forms of torture and abuse are being practiced against them.

According to al-Masirah, at least one civilian was killed and 11 others injured in the latest Saudi artillery attacks on the Saudi-Yemeni border areas.

Launching a humanitarian appeal, the ministry further called on the free world and rights organizations to move in accordance with their humanitarian principles to condemn such crimes and hold the perpetrators accountable.

It also renewed the call to the competent bodies and all humanitarian and international organizations to investigate Saudi crimes in border areas, including the killing and torture of citizens and the displaced people, in light of the high toll of victims and the scarcity of medical supplies.

Last month, a Yemeni health official said nearly 3,000 civilians, including African refugees, lost their lives or sustained injuries in 2022 as a result of artillery and missile strikes by Saudi military forces in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.

Abdullah Musreeh, director of Razih Rural Hospital, added that at least 907 people were killed or wounded during the UN-brokered truce that lasted six months and expired on October 2.

Tensions flare up in various Yemeni provinces

In a separate development on Sunday, Yemeni sources reported a fierce conflict between the Yemeni troops and the Saudi-led coalition forces in the strategic central province of Ma’rib and the southwestern province of Ad Dali amid deadlocked ceasefire talks.

Reports said the situation in Yemen’s border areas also become tense.

There have also been sporadic clashes in the provinces of Hudaydah, Lahij and Ta’izz between the Sana’a government forces and elements affiliated with the Saudi-led coalition.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states.

The objective was to reinstall the Riyadh-friendly regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and crush the popular Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen.

While the Saudi-led coalition has failed to meet any of its objectives, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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