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Dr. Abdulaziz al-Wassel. (UN Watch)

Geneva – Saudi Arabia called for assigning more international experts at the United Nations Human Rights Council office in Yemen.

The move aims at backing the investigations of the Independent National Committee in identifying violations committed on the ground.

Saudi Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Dr. Abdulaziz al-Wassel recently addressed the 34th session of the Human Rights Council in the European city.

He pointed to the Kingdom’s support for the Yemeni government in backing UN efforts to realize peace and mitigate suffering of the Yemenis.

He reiterated the Kingdom’s unflinching position in calling the international community to support Yemen’s legitimate government in order to resume the peace process in accordance to the Gulf initiative and its execution mechanism, the Yemeni national dialogue and UN resolution 2216.

The Kingdom also stressed the importance of helping Yemenis end their crisis, and reaching stability, unity and security in the country and the region, while urging all parties to avoid dealing with insurgents.

Wassel praised the March 14 release of the first report by the Yemeni Human Rights Ministry, which recorded 37,888 deaths and injuries among civilians at the hands of coup militias within only six months.

All these crimes, he said, were committed by Houthi militias that seized power in Yemen by force.

“The Kingdom reiterates its absolute condemnation and rejection of the Houthi coup in Yemen and all attempts to impose the status quo through targeting civilians,” Wassel said.

“We also denounce all crimes committed by the insurgents, who are targeting worshippers in mosques, which should be listed as a war,” he added.