Houthi missile attack on Saudi capital is forbidden under international law, UN


GENEVA, 7th November, 2017 (WAM) -- The missile that was fired last Saturday from Yemen by the Houthi militias towards a civilian facility in the Saudi capital Riyadh is forbidden under international law, said spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert Colville.

''On Saturday evening, 4 November, a missile was fired from Yemen towards the Saudi capital Riyadh. The missile was intercepted over the city and fragments reportedly landed in the airport area. Some media reports said the missile was targeting the airport. The international airport is prima facie a civilian facility, and as such, any attack against it is forbidden under international law,' Colville told a press briefing on Yemen in Geneva today.

'' In Taiz, five children were killed and two wounded as a result of shelling carried out by the militias affiliated withe the Houthis and deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Based on the accounts of the victims' families, obtained by UN human rights monitors, the children were playing in the street of the residential neighbourhood when the rocket from a Houthi-controlled area fell on them,'' he stated.

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