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Arab News, Wednesday, Jul 11, 2018 | Shawwal 27, 1439

Saudi envoy slams Houthis for violating international law

Saudi Arabia: The recruitment of children as fighters by Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen, their use of civilians as human shields, and the firing of missiles from civilian areas, are blatant violations of international law and humanitarian norms, the Saudi ambassador to the UN told the Security Council.
Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi urged the council to strongly condemn such actions and those who support the Houthis, accusing them of promoting a sectarian agenda.
The operation to liberate Hodeidah port from the Houthis shows that the Saudi-led coalition exercises utmost restraint and abides by all international norms, charters and laws, he said, adding that the coalition continues to cooperate with the UN.
The programs of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) have become models for the care and rehabilitation of children, he said.
Al-Mouallimi highlighted the actions of Houthi militias supported by Iran in Yemen, recruiting and involving children on battlefields, using them as human shields and firing missiles from platforms in civilian neighborhoods.
All constitute a blatant disregard of international laws and humanitarian norms, he said.
The envoy called on the council to condemn these actions and those who support the militias, which are still delaying the implementation of international resolutions.
These parties are working to export corrupt ideologies and promote their sectarian agenda, he said.
Al-Mouallimi also said that the Palestinian people still face the worst kinds of occupation, with the citizens of Gaza living under “an unjust siege.”

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