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How Houthi criminal violations are ‘covered up’ in Yemen

Hamdan Alaly

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Various kinds of violations have been committed in Yemen during the last 48 hours, leading to several deaths and injuries.

A camp in al-Khawkhah district south of Hodeida governorate, meant for the displaced, was bombed using Katyusha rockets, resulting in deaths and injuries including women and children.

According to Najeeb al-Saadi, the head of the executive unit of camps for displaced people in Yemen, on Friday afternoon, Houthi militia targeted Bani Jaber camp in al-Khawkhah district with Katyusha rockets. This caused death of a woman and injured 12 others, including women and children.

Yesterday, armed Houthi militias kidnapped a large number of activists, students and protesters in Sana’a as well as Ibb. As the militias attacked students inside the university campus and kidnapped dozens of them besides women who held a protest condemning the deterioration of living conditions in different areas of Sanaa and Ibb governorates.

This has been seen by international organizations based in Sana’a as clear and criminal violation for the international laws.

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The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator office in Yemen issued a statement condemning attacking of Bani Jaber camp in al-Khawkhah district. The statement, however, did not specify the one who committed this crime even though the weapon used in the crime was obvious.

It has been observed that when international organizations condemn the violations committed by Houthi militias, the Houthi sympathizers working in these organizations are keen not to mention the word “Houthis” or “Ansar Allah” in their statements.

These statements are then translated and widely circulated so that they are noticed by organizations outside Yemen and international media channels as a reference document.

On the other hand, when there is a botched air bombing, offices representing international organization, including the UN, rush to specify the perpetrator without hesitation or bothering to corroborate.

The case of bombing of al-Thawra hospital gate and the fish market in al-Hodeida probably toward such an approach.

Houthis are not ashamed of being described as “fascist group” as they are keen to demonstrate their brutality and violence to intimidate the public to prevent any protests

Hamdan Alaly

Rushing to conclusion

The international organization assumed from the beginning that the coalition planes are the ones who committed the crime. It was only later that people realized that it was the Houthis who bombed the mortars according to their own media, which broadcast live pictures showing the Houthi mortar shells clearly.

Despite the fact that 17 hours had passed since the Houthi militia had committed its crime against peaceful protestors in Sana’a University, Tahrir Square and Ibb governorate, no UN nor international organization has condemned the violations.

Houthis are not ashamed of being described as “fascist group” as they are keen to demonstrate their brutality and violence to intimidate the public to prevent any protests.

Usually dictatorial regimes commit crime and violations secretly as they feel ashamed. Houthis, on the contrary, do not feel ashamed at all. In recent days, they have threatened anyone using the right to express opinion, by killing or dragging them in the streets.

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If the UN and other international organizations had not covered up their criminal acts and violation of human rights in recent years, Houthis would not have so bluntly resorted to violence.

This shameful role of these organizations have different reasons, most important of which was that the Hashemite Houthi elements have infiltrated these organizations in Yemen.

Secondly, international employees are keen to retain their jobs and are aware that they would lose their prestigious and highly paid jobs if they confronted the Houthi violations. They are seen as the actual authority and it is believed that they would not be allowed to stay if they fulfilled their rightful duties.

It is known that international humanitarian and relief employees around the world might do anything to get a job in developing countries experiencing civil wars and economic problems because they would receive high salaries that they would not find anywhere else.

The offices of these international organization remain silent despite huge violations committed by Houthi militias. This silence means they have no reason to exist in Yemen.

Even the Yemenis see them merely as political blackmailing tool and a source of income that has nothing to do with humanitarian codes of conduct and values.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Hamdan Alaly is a Yemeni writer and journalist.

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