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International Observatory for Documentation of Human Rights Violations Condemns Bombing of Saudi Abha Airport

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International Observatory for Documentation of Human Rights Violations Condemns Bombing of Saudi Abha Airport
They call on the international community to hold accountable terrorist groups targeting the civilian establishment


The International Observatory for Documentation of Human Rights Violations strongly condemns the bombing carried out and still carried out by the Yemeni "Ansar Allah" group known as the "Houthi" terrorist group, to civilian places in Saudi Arabia, including the recent bombing of Abha International Airport in the south of the Kingdom, which resulted in the injury of 26 civilians passengers of various nationalities, including two children, and the previous terrorist attacks using ballistic missiles and aircraft (Iranian source and funding) targeting the Jazan Airport in the southwest of the Kingdom, in addition to targeting the Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates Unit on July 27, 2018.

The Observatory noted that the Houthi group continues to target civilian objects and installations, acts amounting to war crimes under international law and The Hague Regulations on the Laws and Customs of War on Land of 1907, which apply not only to the military, but to armed groups and militias.

The Observatory stressed the need to stop immediately the bombing of Saudi vital facilities with ballistic missiles, Iranian-made aircraft or any other means that endanger the lives of civilians, these attacks are contrary to international law, and the justification for these terrorist attacks cannot be accepted as Yemen is witnessing Saudi attacks within the framework of the “Arab Coalition for the Support of Legitimacy and Combating Terrorism”, the attacks carried out by the "Houthi" terrorist group is often random, especially long-range, where the weapons they use lack precise targeting, which is a flagrant violation of the laws of war and may amount to a war crime.

The Observatory reiterates its call on the international community to establish a competent international mechanism to deter terrorist groups committing gross and systematic violations of human rights in Yemen, as well as to ensure the protection of civilians there who are used as human shields and to hold accountable all terrorist groups that have a military presence on land of Yemen and involved in international crimes and violations of human rights, most notably "Houthis, Hezbollah" supported by Iran, and Al Qaeda.

According to reports by the Observatory activists in Yemen, the Lebanese Hezbollah organization has become a partner of the Houthi group in the field fighting at a high rate since the beginning of this year, where it was previously providing logistical support, while now it is within the combat structure in the so-called " The Air Force and the Military Media, as well as its involvement (Hezbollah) in transporting foreign fighters from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq to take part in the fighting in Yemen, using military headquarters and weapons factories in civilian populated areas and schools and hospitals.

The Observatory called on the international community to put pressure on the regime in Iran by taking urgent measures against it to stop support and support for terrorist groups in Yemen. The suspicious Iranian role in supporting armed terrorist groups is aimed at tampering with international peace and security. As the "Iranian regime" is in the flagrant challenge to international laws and norms in its support, support and funding for international terrorism.


The International Observatory for Documentation of Human Rights Violations / Information Section
Argentina - Buenos Aires
17/6/2019