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US: Houthis Must Stop Hostilities to Stabilize Yemen

US: Houthis Must Stop Hostilities to Stabilize Yemen

Tuesday, 22 September, 2020 - 18:30
Houthis man a machine gun mounted on a military truck as they parade during a gathering on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen July 8, 2020. (Reuters)

Deputy Secretary of State Steve Biegun and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale participated in a meeting last Thursday with United Nations Security Council members, Kuwait, Sweden, and Germany on the margins of the UN General Assembly to discuss the Yemen conflict that has resulted in a humanitarian disaster.

Biegun called on donor governments to contribute funds if they have not yet done so this year, and to make good on their pledges if they have yet to disburse their funds, said the State Department in a statement on Tuesday.

He reiterated the international community’s demand that the Iran-backed Houthi militias stop obstructing humanitarian relief efforts and reverse their closure of Sanaa airport to UN and humanitarian flights.

“The US remains deeply concerned by the Houthis’ aggression, supported by Iranian weapons shipments in violation of UN arms embargoes,” it added.

“We call on the Houthis to immediately cease their cross-border attacks against Saudi Arabia and halt their attacks on the city of Marib, where nearly a million Yemenis have sought refuge since the beginning of the war.”

“The Houthis must also stop their disgraceful treatment of journalists, opposition activists and Yemeni Jews. We call on the Houthis to cease their environmental brinkmanship and allow UN access to the Safer tanker before there is an oil spill or explosion that would bring further environmental and humanitarian calamity to Yemen, the Red Sea and the region.”

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