The Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) strongly condemns the dangerous escalation in the Gulf region by Houthi militias attempting to target and destroy the King Khaled International Airport ithe Saudi capital of Riyadh with a ballistic missile and threatening to hit the UAE capital Abu Dhabi.
The Federation expresses its deep concern at the deliberate targeting of densely populated civilian areas by Houthi militias, which reflects the clear and explicit planning with intent to inflict harm on innocent civilians which may result to a greatest loss of civilian life. This represents a serious escalation and a flagrant violation of human rights instruments, values and principles of international humanitarian law, which prohibits the targeting of civilian places and to spare civilians from the scourge of war and fighting.
The AFHR asserts that the targeting of the Saudi capital Riyadh by Houthi militias suggest strong logistical support by the Iranian government and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia which is part of an Iranian agenda aimed at dominating the region thereby threatening the stability and human security of the Middle East. The results from the inspection of the remains of the ballistic missile which was intercepted Saudi air defense forces, proved that it was manufactured by an Iranian industry which proves Iran’s intervention in the Yemeni crisis and its violation of Security Council Resolution 2216. Article 14 of this Resolution prohibits the supply of arms to the militias of the Houthi-Saleh rebel groups in Yemen.
The Arab Federation for Human Rights also condemns the negative and suspicious role played by the Qatari media in fueling strife and supporting terrorism by hosting terrorist figures and opening platforms to threaten the countries of the region by striking the Saudi capital Riyadh and the UAE capital Abu Dhabi.
AFHR calls on the international community, the Human Rights Council and Arab and international human rights organizations to condemn this crime, which expresses an explicit approach by the Houthi militias to intentionally target civilians. AFHR calls for the urgent investigation and prosecution to hold accountable the organizers, financiers and perpetrators of this crime against humanity. AFHR further calls on the international community to act quickly to stop the Iranian-Qatari subversive practices in the region and to punish those responsible for actions that violate the rights and security of the citizens in the region.
On Saturday evening, the Saudi Royal Air Force (RAF) intercepted a ballistic missile fired from inside Yemeni territory towards the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The shrapnel was scattered in an uninhabited area east of King Khalid International Airport without causing any casualties.
It is also worth mentioning that this is not the first time that Al-Houthi militia deliberately targeted Saudi civilians. The Saudi forces managed to drop a large number of these missiles using Patriot-to-air missile systems. These militias also fired a ballistic missile on October 27, 2017 towards Mecca, and in May 2017, the Houthis fired a rocket at Riyadh a day before US President Donald Trump’s visit to the city, but it was dropped 200 kilometers from the capital.
Arab Federation for Human Rights
Geneva, November 8th 2017