As battles intensify between Iran-backed Houthis and military forces of Yemen’s internationally recognized government north Yemen, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said on Thursday that the ongoing military operations in Al Jawf and Marib are alarming.
Griffiths said that the warring parties should stop fighting for the sake of their people as coronavirus keeps spreading worldwide at an unprecedented rate.
“At a time when the world is struggling to fight a pandemic, the focus of the parties must shift away from fighting one another to ensuring that the population will not face even graver risks,” Griffiths said.
The Special Envoy also urged the parties to work with his office to achieve this common goal and act urgently to reverse this precarious course.
“The decision to continue the war is the decision of the parties. Peace is only possible if and when the parties make the responsible decision to put Yemenis first and lay down the arms,” Mr. Griffiths stressed.