Marib Governor Sultan al-Aradah accused on Saturday the Iran-backed Houthi militia of committing atrocious crimes and violations against the people of Al Abdiyah district, south government-held Marib city.
This comes after the Iran-backed Houthi rebels captured the center of Al Abdiyah district, following three weeks of besieging and shelling the district.
According to state-run Saba News Agency, al-Aradah told US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking in a phone call that over 35000 civilians in Al Abdiyah district are being “subject to crimes and grave violations of human rights,” calling the international community to take a firm stance against group’s terrorist actions.
The Governor reiterated that Houthis can’t make their own decision to stop the war, but rather Tehran, the main backer of the Houthi militia.
Human rights activist Mahdi Belghith said on his wall on Facebook that the Houthis carried out atrocities against civilians the moment they stormed the center of Al-Abdiyah.
“Killing, arbitrary arrests, forced displacement, and raiding homes are major violations committed by Houthi group now against innocent civilians in Marib Al-Abdiya district,” Belghith said.
The Houthis launched a major offensive in February to capture Marib city, the government’s last stronghold in Yemen, which is home to over one million IDPs. The fighting has resulted in thousands of casualties on both sides.