U.S. Condemns Houthi escalation and their disregard for the safety of civilians in Marib

Republican Yemen

The United States of America condemned on Saturday Houthi escalation in Marib and blocking humanitarian access in Al Abdiyah district.

In a statement, spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Ned Price denounced Houthis’ disregard for civilian protection and not allowing humanitarian safe corridors.

“The United States condemns the Houthi escalation around Marib, which denounces a flagrant disregard for the safety of civilians,” Ned Price said. “The Houthis are obstructing the movement of people and humanitarian aid, preventing essential services from reaching the 35000 residents of Abdiya.”

Mr. Price warned that Houthi actions aggregate the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country, causing more Yemenis to become internally displaced.

“We call on the Houthis to stop their offensive on Marib and listen the urgent calls from across Yemen and the international community to bring this conflict to an end and support a UN-led inclusive process,” Price said.

This comes amid accusations made by Marib Governor Sultan al-Aradah against the Houthi insurgents over committing crimes and grave violations against civilians in Al Abdiyah, south Marib city, which the rebels stormed several days ago following three weeks of shelling and besieging the district.

Associated Press reported on Sunday that the Houthis cut off humanitarian aid and prevented food, medicine, and other basic needs from reaching the district of Al Abdiyah district, south Marib city.

In February, the Iran-backed Houthi militia launched a wide-scale offensive to capture the oil-rich city of Marib, the last stronghold of the Yemeni government in north Yemen. The fighting between Houthi rebels and government forces has resulted in the killing of over two thousand fighters on both sides and forcing tens of thousands to be displaced.

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