Yemen Center for Human Rights condemns the continued targeting of civilians in the border areas by the coalition forces through artillery shelling and various firearms. Since the ceasefire was announced in April 2022 up until the writing of this statement, more than 520 victims, including women and children, have fallen victim to these attacks. The latest crime was committed by the coalition of aggression on Sunday, October 1, 2023, resulting in the death of two individuals and one injured woman.
Yemen Center for Human Rights had monitored the press statement of the Security Council (SC/15430) issued on September 29, 2023, in which it condemned what it called “the egregious and escalatory drone attack, attributed to the Houthis, on members of the armed forces of the Kingdom of Bahrain serving as part of the Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, at the southern border of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which led to three deaths and several injured.”
We, Yemen Center for Human Rights, denounce and condemn this press statement issued by the Security Council regarding the incident for which the government of Sana’a denied responsibility. This illustrates the Security Council’s double standards in Yemeni affairs and its continuous support for the oppressor. Over the past nine years since the coalition launched its aggression against Yemen on March 26, 2015, the crimes of killing, extermination, war crimes, and crimes against humanity against Yemeni citizens in various provinces have not ceased, without any serious actions or condemnation from the Security Council towards these ongoing crimes.
We, Yemen Center for Human Rights, are not surprised by the strong language used by the Security Council regarding this unconfirmed incident, and we reaffirm that the Security Council continues to legitimize the aggression of the coalition, of which it is considered a partner. This is something we have previously proven through our study titled ” the Security Council and the Aggression on Yemen: Airstrikes and Resolutions,” issued by our center in 2022.
We also demand that the Security Council take decisive steps towards a sustainable ceasefire, as stated in its statement. We emphasize that this can only be achieved by ending the aggression, lifting the blockade, and ensuring accountability for the perpetrators of crimes from the countries of the aggression alliance. Their crimes have resulted in the death and injury of over 44,600 victims, mostly women and children, who have been directly targeted by air, land, and sea strikes since March 2015. Additionally, tens of thousands have perished due to the blockade, travel restrictions, and the prevention of food, medicine, and fuel supplies. This represents the largest humanitarian catastrophe witnessed in modern times, as acknowledged by the United Nations and its organizations.
Yemen Center also calls upon the Islamic and Arab peoples, governments, free organizations, and freedom-advocating people worldwide to condemn these crimes and take serious action on various levels to stop the crimes of the coalition of aggression and its militias and to lift the siege on the Yemeni people.
Yemen Center for Human Rights
Monday, 17th of Rabi’ al-Awwal, 1445 AH, corresponding to October 2, 2023 AD.