American Center for Justice (ACJ) condemns the siege and bombardment of the Khabza village in Al-Bayda, and calls on the international community to intervene

The American Center for Justice (ACJ) condemns the stifling siege and the attacks with various types of weapons carried out by the Houthi militias on the village of Khabza in the Al-Qurayshiah district of Al-Bayda Governorate, in an attempt to storm it. ACJ condemns imposing this siege which leads to perpetrating violations against civilians such as restricting food and medical supplies to them and preventing the injured from being treated.

The center learned from field sources in the village and the district that a girl died after being injured in an accident a week ago, and her relatives were unable to help her due to the siege imposed by the Houthi group, whose attacks target randomly and indiscriminately the houses in the village, including civilians.

The militia artillery and snipers also target water wells in an attempt to block them or prevent the people from accessing them. All of these practices provide an opportunity for genocide. The Houthis’ attack occurs against a backdrop of the allegations and claims of the Houthi group that the villagers were behind the targeting of a Houthis’ checkpoint in a nearby area. On the other hands, the villagers deny these allegations and confirm that these attacks are only forms of reprisal against the backdrop of previous confrontations dating back to 2014.

The Houthi militias are imposing a media blackout on the area to prevent the transmission of facts and reveal the violations taking place, which threatens of committing grave violations and the occurrence of serious crimes against civilians in light of the group’s insistence on storming the village for a whole week.

The American Center for Justice warns that these hostilities portend a humanitarian catastrophe in the village. It confirms that these hostilities undermine the truce declared in Yemen under the auspices of the United Nations, as well as undermining all efforts of the international community to reach a peaceful solution to the crisis in Yemen. The Center also considers this attack a serious violation of international covenants, human rights treaties, and international humanitarian law to protect civilians.

The Center calls for an end to these attacks and an unconditional lifting of the siege and calls on the international community to exert sufficient pressure to compel the Houthi group to a comprehensive cessation of all such actions, and not to harm the village and its people and to allow them to resume their lives.

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