The Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) has called US President Joe Biden to put an end to the war on Yemen.
In a letter on the Global Day of Action for Yemen, the GIDHR said that the Yemen has been for years witnessing unprecedented crisis due to the war launched by Saudi and Emirati led coalition.
The Saudi and Emirati led coalition directly target Yemeni residential neighborhoods, schools, markets, leaving civilian casualties, without being held responsible for their crimes, the organization said, noting that “until November 2020, more than 100,000 Yemenis (including thousands of children and women) were directly targeted and killed.”
In this context, GIDHR stressed that such attacks “are blatant violations to the international law which guarantees protecting the lives of civilians.”
It warned that “high levels of food insecurity and acute malnutrition which knock on the Yemenis’ doors are alarming, especially with the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.”
Meanwhile, GIDHR told the US president that designation of Houthi Ansarullah movement as a ‘foreign terrorist organization’ by the former US secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, “raised the concerns of worsening the famine and the humanitarian conditions in the country.”
It also said that the blockade has been contributing to the humanitarian disaster which the Yemeni people have been facing.
“The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated that 131,000 Yemenis have died from indirect causes such as lack of food, health services and infrastructure. All these causes are results of the Saudi and Emirati led war on Yemen, their direct targeting of civilians and the blockade they are enforcing, starving millions and killing tens thousands of Yemenis.”
In this context, the GIDHR called on Biden to end US support of Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen as soon as possible, stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia and United Arabic Emirates and pressure the international community and the coalition, especially Saudi Arabia and United Arabic Emirates, to end the blockade enforced on Yemeni ports.
It also called the new US administration to compensate and hold the perpetrators and the instigators of the war crimes committed against the Yemeni people accountable.
Source: Al-Manar English Websie and GIDHR