U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday the Iran-backed Houthi militia seeks no solutions to the war in Yemen except a military one.
“The international community must ask itself why the Houthis are seeking a military solution to the conflict with their assault on Marib, despite the tremendous humanitarian consequences,” Blinken said after a meeting with U.S. special envoy on Yemen Tim Lenderking.
This came several days following Lenderking’s testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee when he described Iran’s support to its proxy militia, Houthis, as “quite significant and it’s lethal.”
In early February, the Biden’s administration revoked the designation of the Houthi militia as a foreign terrorist group, a decision that has ironically yielded an adverse impact on war-torn Yemen: an unprecedented military escalation, more victims, and a worsening the already worse humanitarian crisis in modern history.
Since then, the Houthis have been relentlessly attacking Marib city, the last major stronghold of the Yemeni government, risking the lives of more than two million civilians and IDPs.