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Yemeni Minister to Asharq Al-Awsat: Houthi Escalation in Marib Killed over 250 Civilians

Yemeni Minister to Asharq Al-Awsat: Houthi Escalation in Marib Killed over 250 Civilians

Friday, 18 September, 2020 - 05:45
Yemen's Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Askar

Yemen's Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Askar warned against the military escalation mounted by Houthi militias in several governorates, noting that it severely impacts the humanitarian situation.

Askar cited statistics documenting the death and injury of 700 civilians and the uprooting of over 11,000 families in the last 60 days alone following attacks in Marib, Al Jawf and Ad Dali.

In Marib, Houthi coup militias fired 244 ballistic missiles against civilian residences that led to the killing and injury of over 689 Yemenis that included women and children, Askar told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Also, 251 civilians were killed while 438 were injured, he clarified. Among the 438 Yemenis injured were 47 minors and eight women and elderly.

The Yemeni minister pointed out that this confirms that the Iranian Houthi militia has no intention of committing to any humanitarian truce, but rather seeks to torpedo the peace process.

Askar said that Houthis seek destabilizing the region's security by implementing an Iranian agenda.

Speaking of the repercussions of the military escalation, Askar said that it complicates the field situation and worsens the conditions for relief work. He added that it increased the rates of internal displacement to unprecedented level.

“The Houthi escalation led to the displacement of tens of thousands of families after they were driven from their villages by indiscriminate bombing targeting populated areas, and the destruction of homes and public and private properties,” Askar told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Marib is considered a refuge for tens of thousands of people displaced by Houthi violence—this comes despite the difficult humanitarian conditions in Marib, he noted.

According to statistics released by the Yemeni Human Rights Ministry, over 11,000 thousand families have been uprooted as a result of Houthi aggression.

126 families were stuck in arid deserts and have recently arrived to refugee camps in Marib.

Askar predicted that the number of refugee families could surpass 20,000 families amid dire humanitarian circumstances.

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