Yemen internationally recognized government on Saturday called the UN Security Council to pressure Houthis into immediately ending the "genocide" war waged by the rebels against civilians in Hajoor tribal areas of Cashir District.
"Houthi group has opened new frontlines against civilians," says an urgent letter sent by Hadi government to the UNSC, as "Hajoor villages are experiencing genocide acts and terrifying violations."
Houthi siege on Hajoor entirely blocked access of food supplies, water and medicines to communities there, said the letter.
The legitimate government urged the powerful body to assume responsibilities and condemn Houthi violations and use of fatal weapons against Hajoor people.
This official move comes one month and a half after the rebels had started a widespread offensive last January on Hajoor tribal areas in the northwestern governorate of Hajjah, amid strong resistance by tribesmen who had repelled rebel control, with Saudi-led coalition warplanes backing the tribes by periodic strikes on Houthi reinforcements and equipment.
Hadi government and backing Saudi-led coalition have been strongly criticized by Yemeni politicians and activists for "failing to stand by Hajoor tribes and deliberately halting fighting Houthis to turn to killing tribesmen."
Two days ago, Houthi group stated that its forces had fully secured al-Abeesah and neighboring areas in Cashir, "from ravaging outlaws connected to aggression."
This declaration was followed by the UN first call on all parties concerned in Hajoor to practice self-restraint and refrain from any acts furthering escalation, as the tribes declared the formation of an alliance to fight Houthis.
"Our colleagues feel alarmed at military activities in Hajoor and humanitarian consequences resulted from continuing violence on civilians' life," UN spokesman said.
The UN calls on parties to exercise self-restraint and refrain from any acts leading to more escalation, particularly with civilians continuing to pay heavy price, Stephane Dujarric told reporters.
On Thursday, Hadi information minister warned of "genocide crimes and terrifying atrocities committed by Houthi group against civilians in Cashir."
Minister Mo'ammar al-Eryani tweeted that Houthi forces intensified attacks on the district's villages, targeting citizens' houses, schools and mosques with ballistic missiles and different weapons.
According to field information, hundreds of civilians have been killed or injured by Houthi shelling, Eryani added. The "shocking silence of the World and human rights organizations at such carnages .. gives negative indication and green light for Houthi militias to kill civilians in Hajoor and other rebel-held areas."
Legitimate government forces control parts of Midi and Haradh districts, while other territories of the 31-district governorate of Hajjah are under Houthi-control.
Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014, leaving tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.