After warnings of genocide, Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdul-Malik called on UN and international organizations, on Tuesday, to support the efforts of the government and the local authority in the Marib governorate to rescue and rescue the displaced and civilians who are subjected to a systematic siege and repeated attacks with ballistic missiles and drones by the Houthi militia.
In the details, Abdul-Malik stressed that the Al-Abdiya district in Marib is subjected to crimes of revenge and genocide by the Houthi militia after bombing villages and civilian homes and targeting its only hospital.
The Yemeni prime minister also described the battle in Marib as crucial for Yemen and all Arabs, and a gateway to achieving victory until the completion of the restoration of the state and the end of the Houthi coup, according to what the Yemeni News Agency quoted him as saying.
The agency stated that Abdul-Malik, during a telephone conversation with the governor of Marib Sultan Al-Arada, was briefed on the latest developments in the governorate in light of the ongoing military escalation of the Houthi militia and the violations and humanitarian crimes it perpetrated against civilians and the displaced.
War crimes have no statute of limitations
The Prime Minister’s statement came after a warning issued by the Yemeni Minister of Information, Muammar Al-Eryani, that the crimes and continuous violations committed by the Houthis against civilians, including women, children and the elderly in Al-Abdiyyah, since its siege, are war crimes and genocide with no statute of limitations.
Al-Eryani told the Yemeni news agency “Saba” yesterday, Monday, that the leaders and members of the militias responsible for these crimes will be prosecuted in local and international courts, as they are “war criminals.”
He also called on the international community to put real pressure on the Iranian-backed Houthis, to stop their systematic targeting of civilians, and to immediately lift the siege on Abdiya.
He said that the Houthi militias continue to launch campaigns of systematic abuse and revenge against the residents of the besieged Al-Abdiya district, from liquidating the wounded, kidnapping civilians, storming, looting and burning homes, shops, schools and public interests, intimidating women and children, and preventing the entry of food and medical supplies.
Al-Eryani also urged international organizations and humanitarian relief bodies to support the efforts of the government and the local authority in the Marib Governorate, to provide food and medical aid to the besieged people of Al-Abdiyyah, and to meet the urgent humanitarian needs resulting from the internal displacement movement as a result of the siege and bombardment with various types of weapons.
10,000 displaced in September
It is noteworthy that the oil-rich and strategic Marib governorate witnessed during the past weeks a military escalation by the militias, which besieged the Abdiya district, while UN warnings followed about the fate of the displaced in the region.
Last Thursday, the United Nations International Organization for Migration announced that 10,000 people were displaced from their homes last September alone, from Marib, which is witnessing violent battles, in the highest monthly displacement rate in this region since the beginning of this year.
A spokeswoman for the organization explained that between the first of last January and the 30th of last September, the number of people who were displaced from Marib reached more than 55,000 people, according to AFP.
It is noteworthy that since last February, the Houthis have launched an attack on Marib Governorate, in an attempt to control it without result, amid international warnings of the effects and risks of these attacks on thousands of displaced people.