Euro-Med Monitor: Houthi siege on Al- Abdiyah portends humanitarian catastrophe

Republican Yemen

35000 civilians in the besieged district of Al-Abdiyah, south Marib city, are facing severe shortages of basic materials as Houthi rebels continue to besiege the district for the third week, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said on Thursday.

In a statement, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor warned essential supplies became scare where people in Al-Abdiyah have resorted to drinking untreated water.

“The Houthi forces have prevented food and mineral water from reaching the population, causing the essential supplies to become scarce in the district. This left the population no choice but to drink untreated water,” it said.

The Geneva-based organization added that all almost all health facilities in the district were forced to shut down as a result of lack of fuel, warning of an imminent humanitarian catastrophe.

Earlier today, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg told the UNSC that Houthi escalation in Marib must stop.

“The Secretary-General is following developments in Abdiyah closely,” Grundberg said today.

In February, the Iran-backed Houthi rebels launched a wide-scale offensive to seize the oil-rich city of Marib. The fighting has since then resulted in the killing of over a thousand fighters on both sides.

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