On Friday, the Yemeni government handed the UN Security Council a letter containing the losses targeting the Houthis last Saturday, the port of Mocha, in the southwest of the country.
The letter was handed over by Yemen’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Abdullah Al-Saadi, according to the official Yemeni News Agency (Saba).
The government said in the letter, according to the agency, that “the Houthi attack was carried out shortly after the local authorities completed the rehabilitation of port facilities in preparation for the resumption of receiving commercial goods and humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of Yemenis.”
It added that the attack “destroyed at least 4 buildings, 3 warehouses, a watchtower, 23 vehicles, two coast guard boats, two 10,000-liter water tanks, 70 oxygen cylinders, and 12,000 food baskets.”
The government added that the attack “also deprived tens of thousands of families of receiving life-saving aid, and prevented aid and commercial goods from reaching millions of Yemenis and families in need through the port.”
And it considered that the Houthis “intentionally exacerbate human suffering and push Yemen towards a looming famine.”
Through the letter, the government called on the Security Council and the international community, to “condemn the crimes of the Houthi militia and bring the perpetrators to account.”
And on Saturday, the military media of the joint forces (loyal to the government) on the western coast accused the Houthis of targeting the port of Mocha, west of Taiz governorate, with four missiles and three drones, causing severe damage to humanitarian relief stores in the port, while the group has not commented on the incident until today.
Yemen has been witnessing a war for nearly 7 years, which has killed more than 233,000 people, and 80 percent of the population, numbering about 30 million, has become dependent on support and aid, in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.
The conflict has had regional spillovers, since March 2015, as a coalition led by the neighboring Saudi Arabia has been carrying out military operations in support of the government forces, in the face of the Iranian-backed Houthis, who have controlled several governorates, including the capital, Sanaa, since 2014.