LONDON: Saudi Arabia called on the United Nations to hold Yemen’s Houthi militia accountable after 10 people that were injured in a drone attack on an airport.
Passengers and airport staff were among those hurt when the explosives-laden drone hit King Abdullah Airport in Jazan on Friday.
The injured included six Saudis, three Bangladeshis and a Sudanese.
The Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdullah Al-Mouallimi, wrote to the Security Council on Saturday evening, saying his country will spare no effort in taking all necessary measures to safeguard its territories and preserve the safety of its citizens and residents, in accordance with international laws.
It was the second letter he sent to the council in two days about Houthi attacks on civilian targets in the Kingdom.
“In connection with my letter dated Oct. 8, 2021, I am writing about the continued terrorist attacks committed by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia against civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom,” he said.
The drone attack, the latest Houthi attempt to strike across the border into the Kingdom, also caused damage to the airport in Jazan.
#SaudiArabia’s 2nd letter in the same week, to the the #UnitedNations #SecurityCouncil in regards to the continued military hostilities committed by the #Iranian-backed terrorist #Houthi militias against #SaudiArabia and towards civilians and civilians objects pic.twitter.com/Oi7UOl9DlX
— KSA Mission UN (@ksamissionun) October 10, 2021
“Deliberate targeting of civilian infrastructures and threatening innocent civilians could amount to a war crime, therefore the Houthi militia must be held accountable in accordance with international law,” Al-Mouallimi said.
He said the absence of adequate and strict measures by the international community, especially the Security Council, has “sent a wrong message to the Houthis to continue their terrorist acts in the region.”
He called on the Security Council to assume its responsibility toward the Houthi militia, its arms suppliers and financiers to stop their threats to international peace and security before it is too late, and for the letter to be circulated as an official document of the Security Council.
In a letter sent to the council on Friday, Al-Mouallimi highlighted the latest terrorist attacks against Saudi Arabia by the Iran-backed Houthis, including an attack on Abha airport that injured four airport employees.