Grundberg condemns attack on Taiz, Presidential Council calls for punishment of Houthis

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, pledged to continue to engage the parties to the conflict in Yemen to renew and extend the truce.

He issued a statement on Sunday condemning the attack on the residential neighborhood of Zaid al-Moshki in Taiz which injured 11 boys and girls, most of them under the age of 10.

“Warring parties have an obligation under international law to protect civilians. Killing and injuring children is particularly reprehensible,” he stressed.

Grundberg said he was also particularly alarmed that this attack, among other attacks elsewhere in Yemen, took place during the truce.

“The people of Taiz have suffered tremendously during seven years of war, and they too need the truce to honor them in all its aspects,” the statement said.

Yemen’s Presidential Council has stressed the importance of holding Houthi militias accountable, noting that the impunity enjoyed by the insurgents encourages them to commit more crimes.

The remarks were made during a meeting in Aden on Sunday after the Taiz attack and as part of the visit of the UN envoy’s security adviser to the besieged city.

Official Yemeni sources said the meeting was chaired by Rashad al-Alimi and attended by all Council members.

It was informed of its previous decisions and orders, as well as the measures taken in coordination with the competent authorities.

He was also briefed on an additional assessment of the process of implementing the humanitarian truce, the truce violations by the militias, as well as their continued human rights violations, the latest of which was the attack on the residential area of ​​Taiz.

The Council denounced the attack, noting that it adds to the grim record of militia abuses in recent years.

He called on the international community to take a firm stance to end the state of impunity that encourages the militias to commit more killings and to limit their intransigence towards all efforts to stop the bloodshed and put an end to the worst human suffering in the world.

Kevin E. Boling