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Yemen Calls for Stopping Militia Violations, US Urges Adherence to Ceasefire

Yemen Calls for Stopping Militia Violations, US Urges Adherence to Ceasefire

Friday, 6 May, 2022 - 07:45
People stand at the site of a Houthi ballistic missile attack over the populated district of Rawdha in Marib (File photo: Reuters)

The Yemeni government stressed the importance of taking action to deter the Houthi ongoing violations of the UN-sponsored truce.

A government source called on the United Nations and its special envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, to take severe and real action to deter the Houthis' continuous and escalating violations of the ceasefire since the first moments of its entry into force.

The source pointed to the Houthi’s blatant escalation, which culminated in the drone attack against the Taiz Security Department, injuring ten, including civilians.

The official Saba news agency quoted the government source as confirming that the Houthis' repeated violations of the UN truce put the United Nations and the international community to a real test of their seriousness in pressuring the Houthi militia to respond to peace efforts.

The source explained that Houthis have failed to respect the UN-sponsored humanitarian truce from the first moments of its entry into force and their repudiation of implementing the existing obligations.

The militias negated many factors in the ceasefire, foremost of which was lifting the siege on Taiz, representing the approach and behavior of the militia and its supporters in undermining all opportunities for peace and a political solution to the Yemeni crisis.

The source stressed the need to immediately lift the siege on Taiz Governorate under the terms of the truce.

Meanwhile, the US called on the Yemeni parties to fulfill their pledges regarding the humanitarian truce, leading to the lifting of the siege on Taiz and the reopening of the Sanaa airport.

"We strongly support the UN-brokered truce in Yemen, which is an opportunity to alleviate suffering and an important step for peace efforts," US Charge d'Affaires in Yemen Cathy Westley said in a statement on Twitter.

Westly asserted the US support of international calls for all parties to uphold their truce commitments, including relieving years of siege-like conditions that created a humanitarian catastrophe for hundreds of thousands of people in Taiz and reopening Sanaa airport.

Official sources reported that the National Commission to Investigate Alleged Violations to Human Rights visited the al- Ardhi neighborhood in the Salh district.

Houthis attacked the area with armed drones, injuring ten and causing panic among locals celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Saba news agency reported that the committee's team inspected the targeted area and streets, photographing the directions of the shrapnel and the significant damage it caused to cars, vehicles, and buildings.

The team interviewed civilians who witnessed the operation while near the National Museum, the College of Arts, the Security Administration, and the park.

The human rights team reported that civilians were in a state of terror and panic following the bombing, which comes within the humanitarian truce announced by the UN for two months, subject to extension.

The team visited the Republican and al-Thawra Hospitals and met several injured victims. They reviewed lists of wounded civilians and their medical reports.

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