As nationwide rage grips Yemen after a Houthi twin attack killing at least 21 civilians in the northeastern governorate of Marib on Saturday, the war-torn country’s official government pressed for the Iran-backed group engaging with peace initiatives.
Urging Houthis to seize the opportunity for ending the fighting and advancing a settlement for the Yemeni crisis, Foreign Minister Ahmed bin Mubarak reviewed ongoing developments with the Omani Minister of the Royal Office Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Noamani.
Saturday’s attacks killed a Yemeni 5-year-old girl named Lianne Taher, making her an icon of the horrors of war in Yemen.
Her demise sparked anger among human rights activists on social media, where protesters voiced their contempt against violence and demanded an international investigation and holding Houthi leaders accountable for their terrorism.
“This inhuman conflict must stop,” tweeted Kathy Wesley, who is serving as a Chargé d’Affairs at the US Embassy.
Shocked by the horrific death of the young child, Wesley urged Houthis to agree to an immediate ceasefire and work towards bringing about peace to Yemen.
On Sunday, hospital medical sources revealed that the death toll had risen to 21 after authorities had earlier said it was 17, official sources confirmed.
Houthi militias had fired a ballistic missile coupled against a gas station in central Marib and then launched a drone attack against two ambulances that rushed to the scene.
In the attacks’ aftermath, Yemen’s top diplomat released a statement from the Omani capital, Muscat, condemning Houthi militias.
It is noteworthy that this comes when a mediatory Omani delegation is visiting the Houthi-held Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
The group of Omani representatives is trying to convince Iran-backed coupists of coming around regarding the UN ceasefire plan and kickstarting humanitarian and economic measures that would pave the way for rebooting negotiations for a political solution.