President Saleh has continued killing people in defiance of the UN resolution that requires him to step down and stop the violence that is wreaking havoc in Yemen. The UN resolution enters the 4th week since its adoption without Saleh responding to it, om the contrary Saleh forces have increased their killing of civilians, shelling neighborhoods and blocking essential services, like water and electricity, from reaching the people. ]
Saleh’s challenge to the international community has become clear since the arrival of the UN envoy to Yemen to monitor the implementation of the resolution. Saleh has escalated military actions against his own people and events in Taiz were clear evidence of the bloody mentality he has. Saleh has kept avoiding signing the Gulf initiative that would guarantee a peaceful transition of power as he is counting on his armed forces to crush the revolution. These forces have been used in Sana’a, Arhab and strongly on the revolutionary city Taiz, where they did not distinguish between residential areas, hospitals and mosques.
The statistics for the 3 weeks since issuing the UN resolution shows the real price the Yemeni people are paying for every day Saleh remains in power. They are paying for it with their blood, property and their lives. The statistics, most importantly, show the amount of responsibility the international community carries for giving Saleh and his regime more time to kill.
The families of 94 martyrs and 800 wounded are still waiting for the Security Council and the UN envoy to have a clear position with regards to Saleh’s crimes, especially since they were all killed and wounded after the adoption of the UN resolution No.2014, which asked Saleh to stop the use of force. Violating the UN resolution did not stop at the numbers of dead who almost reached a hundred or the wounded who reached hundreds, but the daily shelling on Sana’a, Taiz and Arhab since the UN resolution forced around 340 families to flee their homes, some of them have been destroyed.
In addition to that the figures show that Saleh forces caused destruction to 124 homes and 7 mosques and 6 public sectors and a hospital and destroying 2 water wells and 17 cars, some of them are for transportation and used for living.
According to the statistics Taiz is on top of the list, with 50 civilians getting killed, including women and children.
A quick overview of the main violations by Saleh forces in the main cities since the adoption of the UN resolution 3 weeks ago:
– 24 dead by direct bullets and shelling
– 415 wounded, tens of them are permanently disabled
– Huge destruction to homes, mosques and private and public property
– Cutting off electricity, in some regions it reaches 22hr/day
– 51 dead, some of them are women and children.
– 266 wounded.
– 250 refugee families due to the continuous shelling on the city.
– 103 homes were damaged.
– 5 mosques were bombed.
– 5 public sectors were attacked.
– 1 Hospital was damaged.
– Closing the city and preventing people from coming in or out.
– Cutting off electricity for several days.
– Using several hospitals and schools to shell the civilians
Arhab, Nehm and Bani Jarmooz:
– 19 dead (3 of them children).
– 71 wounded (8 children and 3 women).
– 90 families fled their homes due to the continuous shelling.
– 21 homes were bombed.
– 2 mosques were bombed.
– 2 water wells were destroyed.
– 12 trading shops were destroyed.
– 17 cars were destroyed.
– University of Arhab was bombed.
– 2 Market places were destroyed.
– Blocking the services totally to the area.
– 17 wounded in an attack on a peaceful protest.
– Cutting off electricity from the whole city.
– 5 wounded in a protest.
– Cutting of electricity and other services.
The Yemeni people are still waiting on an international decision to force Ali Saleh to step down and stop the killing and shelling of civilians and allow Yemen to move to a democratic life and build a new Yemen without Saleh and his sons.
When will this decision come? And how many Yemenis have to die in the meantime?
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