The local authority in the Yemeni governorate of Ma’rib called on the international community to take a stand against what the Houthi forces are committing against civilians and the displaced in the governorate, the latest of which was the killing of 14 civilians by targeting a gas station with a ballistic missile and a bombed drone.
It also called – in a statement – for the international community to take effective action to ensure the safety of about 3 million residents and displaced people in Marib, who have been subjected to continuous attacks for years with ballistic missiles and booby-trapped planes, resulting in hundreds of dead and wounded civilians, according to the statement.
The Yemeni Minister of Information, Muammar Al-Eryani, said that “the heinous terrorist crime is an extension of the Houthi militia’s continuous and deliberate targeting of residential neighborhoods and civilian objects in the city of Ma’rib, with the aim of inflicting the largest number of civilians, after the failure of its military escalation.”
“This heinous crime amounts to a war crime,” he tweeted, calling on Washington to reclassify the Houthi group as a terrorist organization.
Ending the war
The conflict in Yemen, which erupted in 2014, witnesses bloody confrontations between the Houthi rebels and the forces of the internationally recognized government, which is backed by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia.
The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead and pushed about 80% of the population to rely on relief, amid the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations. It has also displaced millions of people and left an entire country on the brink of famine.
While the United Nations and the administration of US President Joe Biden are pushing to end the war, the rebels are demanding the opening of Sanaa airport, which has been closed since 2016 from Saudi Arabia, before agreeing to a ceasefire and sitting at the negotiating table.
Diplomatic efforts have intensified in recent weeks in parallel to the Houthi-led campaign to seize the city of Marib, in a battle in which thousands of both sides were killed.
The intensity of the confrontations decreased in the last period due to the diplomatic efforts.
The attack came yesterday, Saturday, after the arrival of leaders in the ranks of the rebels who had been stuck in Muscat for years, accompanied by Omani officials, in a sign of possible progress in diplomatic efforts for a ceasefire.