The Yemeni government on Wednesday urged the UN Security Council to put an end to Houthi escalation in Yemen, stressing that the Iran-backed group has proved to be indifferent to pressure from the international community.
Arab nations have condemned Houthis for showing erratic behavior when dealing with efforts to broker peace in the war-torn country, where human rights organizations are warning against the collapse of 90 IDP camps due to Houthis stepping up their assaults in west and northwest of Marib governorate.
“What the Houthi militias are doing sends clear messages that they are not interested in peace… This requires exerting maximum pressure on them to stop their attacks and force them to deal positively with peacemaking efforts,” said Yemeni Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak.
Bin Mubarak made his statement during the reception of the Russian Ambassador to Yemen, Vladimir Dedushkin.
Speaking on the eve of an upcoming UN Security Council meeting on Yemen, the minister stressed “the importance of the Council taking measures to put an end to the Houthi military escalation and repeated violations.”
He called for forcing the Iran-aligned militia to control its behavior and stop its attacks aimed at destabilizing Yemen and the region.
Addressing the Riyadh Agreement signed between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC), Bin Mubarak said it “lays the foundations for peace and achieving national reconciliation.”
According to the deal, a power-sharing government based in Aden was formed.
“Since the first day of the government’s return (to Aden), Houthis have shown hostility and a wild desire for blocking efforts for ending the war in Yemen,” Mubarak noted.
Houthis have mounted military escalations across multiple fronts.
In Marib, the militias targeted civilian neighborhoods with ballistic missiles. They also stepped up their attacks in Hodeidah, where a mosque was destroyed in a rocket shelling.