UN Special Envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg delivered Thursday his briefing to the UN Security Council (UNSC) concerning recent developments in war-torn Yemen.
Grundberg told the UNSC the Houthi military escalation in Marib must stop, noting that the Secretary-General is closely following the recent developments in Al-Abdiyah district, whose residents have been trapped, for the past three weeks, by a strangling siege imposed by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
Mr. Grundberg called on all warring parties to the conflict to put their differences aside and shoulder their responsibility for the Yemeni people.
This comes amid heavy fighting between Houthi rebels and government forces in Marib province, home to over a million IDPs, and the imminent collapse of the economy in war-devastated Yemen.
The UN envoy welcomed the return of Yemen’s Prime Minister to Aden, Yemen’s interim capital, stressing that “sustainable improvements won’t be possible unless actors work together across political divides.”
Grundberg warned that a growing “gap in trust” between the conflicting parties is undermining peace efforts in the country, calling for support by the UNSC to push the warring parties to seriously engage in peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations.
The Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, who stormed Sana’a and announced themselves a de facto authority in most of north Yemen, and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government have been at war since 2015.
According to the UN, the conflict has triggered the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history, with millions of Yemenis facing starvation.