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Yemeni Parties Denounce Int’l Inaction towards Houthi Violence

Yemeni Parties Denounce Int’l Inaction towards Houthi Violence

Tuesday, 2 March, 2021 - 11:30
A girl plays at a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Marib, Yemen October 2, 2020. (Reuters)

Pro-government parties in Yemen’s National Alliance of Political Parties (NAPP) have denounced international inaction towards the violence of Iran-backed Houthi militias in the war-torn country.

The parties, in an official statement, urged the internationally recognized Yemeni government to undertake decisive action to end battles waged by Houthis in the oil rich Marib governorate. They called for supplying the army with all means necessary for securing victory and defeating coup militias.

Both Houthi violence in Marib, where millions of Yemenis have sought asylum, and against civilian targets in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

“Reckless Houthi escalation behind which the Iranian regime is standing confirms that these militias are persistent in their war on the Yemeni people and efforts to destabilize security and peace in the region,” the NAPP parties said in their statement, adding that Houthis are blocking international peace efforts.

The statement called for “solidarity with the army in Marib and other battlefronts,” and urged joining army ranks to counter Iranian aggression. It also demanded the government “provides all the support needed by the army and popular resistance to win the decisive battle against Houthis.”

Yemeni parties expressed their “surprise at the international community’s failure to act against the Houthi escalation in Marib, where they have attacked densely populated areas and IDP camps with missiles and drones.”

They also warned against the catastrophic humanitarian risks entailed should Houthis not cease hostilities that threaten the entire region’s stability and peace.

The parties said that the removal of Houthis from the US terror blacklist did not inspire the group to shift towards peace. Counter-actively, it emboldened the militia’s drive for violence against civilians.

Both the UN and its Security Council, according to the parties, must play their role in stopping the military escalation and terrorist attacks targeting Yemenis and pressure Iran-backed Houthi militias to submit to the decisions of international legitimacy.

The parties urged holding Houthis responsible for the repercussions of their criminal escalation against civilians.

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