Yemeni people and rescue workers react amid the rubble of a destroyed building following Saudi airstrikes on a funeral site in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, October 8, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
Yemen’s top governing body has called on the United Nations (UN) and the Security Council to intervene in order to put an end to Saudi Arabia's atrocious war.
Saleh al-Samad, the head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, in two separate letters addressed to outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President of the UN Security Council Vitaly Churkin on Sunday, said that the Saudi-led coalition has been committing “vicious and unprecedented” crimes against innocent Yemeni civilians over the past 18 months.
Samad pointed to the October 8 airstrikes against a crowded funeral ceremony in the capital Sana’a, saying that more than 700 people lost their lives and sustained injuries in the “horrendous massacre.”
He expressed surprise at the UN and the Security Council’s “indifference” toward such crimes, saying the apathy meant that the two institutions were shirking their responsibilities.
A Yemeni man, who was wounded in a Saudi airstrike on a funeral in Sana’a the previous day, lies on a hospital bed in the Yemeni capital, October 9, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
The senior Yemeni official argued that the inaction of the two bodies has further exacerbated the sufferings of the Yemeni people.
Samad also called on the two institutions to secure an immediate end to Saudi Arabia’s aerial, naval and ground attacks against Yemen as well as its aerial and naval blockades on his country.
Saudi Arabia has been engaged in the deadly war against Yemen since March 2015. Riyadh’s aggression, which the UN says has killed more than 10,000, was launched in an unsuccessful attempt to bring Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi — an ally of Riyadh who has resigned as Yemen’s president — back to power.
Prerequisites for UN-backed peace talks
Meanwhile, the spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has set preconditions for the resumption of UN-sponsored peace talks, which was earlier demanded by the US and the UK.
Yemenis make their way through rubble on October 8, 2016 next to a house that was hit the day before in a Saudi airstrike in the Bajil district of the western province of Hudaydah. (Photo by AFP)
Mohamed Abdel-Salam said on Sunday that any ceasefire for Yemen must be all-encompassing and the Saudi-led blockades on the war-torn Arab country must be removed before the peace talks can be resumed.
Abel-Salam said peace talks would be “a waste of time” if they are conducted when Saudi strikes on Yemen continue.
His remarks came in reaction to the US and Britain’s call for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Yemen.
(L to R) US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed make a joint statement on Yemen at Lancaster House in London, October 16, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed would work through the details of a ceasefire in Yemen and its implementation in case the warring parties reach a consensus and move forward with the goal.
On August 7, UN-brokered peace talks on the Yemeni conflict ended without an agreement in Kuwait.
The negotiations between delegates from the Houthi Ansarullah movement and the former Yemeni government had begun on April 21.