Houthi militia violence in Yemen’s Marib, Jawf, and Hodeidah governorates has driven thousands of civilians out of their homes, local and international reports revealed.
Yemenis, over the course of years, have been forced to flee to areas where they can find shelter and security.
Other than creating an internal displacement catastrophe in the war-torn country, Houthis also did not spare refugees from their attacks.
A human rights source based in Sanaa, speaking under the conditions of anonymity, said that crimes committed by the militias and their military escalation on several battlefronts have aggravated Yemen’s displacement crisis.
Previous UN reports indicate that some 393,000 Yemenis have been uprooted since the start of 2019.
Relief workers in Sanaa spoke to Asharq Al-Awsat about the dire and tragic conditions suffered by tens of thousands of refugees in displacement camps.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) tracked about 543,000 families that have fled their homes in Marib because of Houthi assaults against the governorate.
Between Aug 30 and Sept 5, the IOM tracked 543 households or 3,258 individuals being displaced at least once in Yemen.
The organization, in early August, reported the displacement of 1,290 families in Yemen, mostly driven out of their homes by conflict, flashfloods and the coronavirus.
From the onset of 2020, IOM Yemen estimates that 22,342 households or 134,052 individuals have experienced displacement, at least once.
Local Yemeni reports have documented military escalation by the Houthis, along with arbitrary shelling of civilian neighborhoods and refugee camps against Marib governorate.