The United States on Tuesday urged Yemen’s Houthis, whose real name is Ansar Alá, to “cease all military operations and return to negotiations” after the latest military operations near the city of Marib.
In addition, the coalition led by Saudi Arabia said on Monday that it had intercepted a rebel drone near a commercial airport in this country.
This Tuesday the removed of the Houthis from US terrorist list came into force, one of the first changes launched by the Joe Biden Administration with respect to the Government of Donald Trump.
In its statement, the State Department has stressed that more than one million Yemeni refugees have sought shelter in the city of Marib – controlled by the Government backed by Saudi Arabia.
For the United States, this attack will contribute to worsen the largest humanitarian crisis in the world today, since almost 80 percent of the population, 20 of 24 million, need food assistance.
In the same vein, the UN Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Aid Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, has warned on Twitter that an “assault on the city would put two million civilians at risk” and that it is “time to de-escalate “. In addition, he has announced that this Thursday he will report on the situation to the Security Council.
“They must end all military advances and retract other destabilizing and potentially lethal actions, including cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia,” underlines the statement from the North American country, which summons the Houthis to the negotiating table sponsored by the UN.
Yemen’s war began in 2014 and pits the internationally recognized government especially supported by Saudi Arabia, whose leader is Abdo Rabbu Mansur Hadi, against the Houthis, who are backed by Iran.