Yemen’s letter to UN urging ground intervention against Houthis

Yemeni envoy to UN urges international body to immediately intervene in conflict by sending ground forces to save country from Houthi militias

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Yemen asked the United Nations to deploy ground troops in the country against the Iranian backed Houthi offensive, according to a letter sent to the Security Council on Wednesday.

The letter urges the Security Council to “quickly intervene by land forces to save the country,” specifically in the cities of Aden and Taiz submitted by Yemen’s ambassador to the UN Khaled Alyemany.

The Yemeni ambassador called human rights groups to document what is happening in Yemen for which he used "barbaric violations against a defenceless population" by the Houthi militias.

"Everyone that has committed a crime will not escape punishment and the government will employ all means to bring the Houthis and forces loyal to former President Saleh to international justice as war criminals," Alyemany wrote in his letter to the Security Council.

The spokeswoman for the current Security Council President, Lithuanian Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite, has confirmed that the Yemeni envoy sent the letter, but added that the 15-member body has yet to  assign an exact date to discuss the issue.

Yemen has been suffering from an ongoing civil war since the deposition of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi through a military coup by the Houthis in February.

The Houthis and ex-army officials, who are loyal to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was also forced to resign during the Arab spring, had started an offensive towards the capital Sanaa.

The Houthis later on progressed further into the south-western port city of Aden where the deposed president Hadi established an interim government before he fled to Saudi Arabia.

The aforementioned letter through which the Yemeni envoy requested the UN military help was sent soon after the conflicts increasingly deteriorated around Aden this week.

In the fightings across Yemen, 120 people were reportedly to have been killed, most of them were civilians, according to eyewitnesses.

Alyemany’s letter also listed that 50 civilians including women and children were among those who were killed by the Houthi shells on their boats as they tried to flee Aden’s Tawahi district.

The UN human rights office has so far released the figures of civilian killings during the Saudi-led air strikes as being 646, while 300,000 people are believed to have been displaced, according to the same stats.

Sending the ground forces into Yemen was a hotly-debated topic since the Saudi-led aerial operation did not halt the Houthis advancement towards the Gulf of Aden.

The Saudi-led operation, dubbed “Decisive Storm” started on March 26 and maintained throughout April.

The Arab coalition has leaned its involvement with the claim of “defending the legitimate government”  of the embattled President Hadi.

The aforementioned Saudi-led coalition accuses Iran of “irredentism” over Yemen through supporting the Houthi forces, hereby, spreading “aggressiveness” in the Gulf region.

The operation has gained an international acceptance in the Western realm and among the Sunni Arab regional powers together with Turkey whereas Iran and Russia essentially objected such an intervention.

The US raises its concerns with the escalating conflicts which might lead the region into abyss.

The Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday to negotiate peace terms as he was scheduled to meet Yemen’s internationally-recognised President Hadi and other Gulf leaders.

TRTWorld and agencies