US, UK, French Ambassadors: Houthi Attacks Harm All Yemenis

Houthi militants in Sanaa chanting the group’s slogans (AFP)
Houthi militants in Sanaa chanting the group’s slogans (AFP)
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US, UK, French Ambassadors: Houthi Attacks Harm All Yemenis

Houthi militants in Sanaa chanting the group’s slogans (AFP)
Houthi militants in Sanaa chanting the group’s slogans (AFP)

The ambassadors of the US, UK, and France have condemned Houthi attacks against infrastructure in Yemen and the group’s actions that threaten the peace process and damage the Yemeni economy.

The three ambassadors called on the Houthis to stop further attacks on civilian infrastructure. They also urged the militias to remove restrictions imposed on women, especially those working in the humanitarian field.

Moreover, the diplomats said they discussed Saudi and Omani efforts spent towards achieving a peaceful solution through dialogue with the Houthis and in coordination with the United Nations Special Envoy, Hans Grundberg, and the Yemeni government.

The ambassadors said that those efforts were pivotal for achieving a sustainable peace in Yemen.

They emphasized the importance of a thriving economy in Yemen, the provision of job and livelihood opportunities for the Yemeni people, and the provision of basic public services.

The ambassadors also renewed their support for Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council (PLC), the government and the central bank in Aden.

They affirmed that they would work with the international community to mobilize support for Yemen.

Urgent support is necessary to prevent a further deterioration of the Yemeni economy.

“Yemen possesses natural resources that enable it to meet the needs of its citizens if it is able to resume exporting oil and gas, without being attacked by the Houthis,” the ambassadors said in a joint statement.

They expressed their concern towards the grave humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Worsening humanitarian conditions have left 17 million vulnerable Yemenis in need of relief aid in 2023.

The statement urged Yemen’s warring parties to allow freedom of movement for aid, so that it reaches beneficiaries in need.

To date, obstacles, interference, and lack of security continue to limit aid delivery.

The ambassadors concluded their statement by calling on “Houthis to advance the interests of Yemenis and engage constructively with all parties in their efforts to achieve peace.”



US Military Pier Operations in Gaza Suspended after Piece Breaks Off

US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)
US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)
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US Military Pier Operations in Gaza Suspended after Piece Breaks Off

US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)
US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)

A part of the US military's pier off Gaza has broken off, rendering it temporarily inoperable, two US officials said, in the latest blow to efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Palestinians.

The US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said bad weather was believed to be the reason that the part had broken off. They did not say how big the part was or speculate on how long it would take for the pier to resume operations.

The pier was announced by US President Joe Biden in March and involved the military assembling the floating structure off the coast. Estimated to cost $320 million for the first 90 days and involve about 1,000 US service members, it went into operation two weeks ago.

Since the pier began operations, the United Nations has transported 137 trucks of aid from the pier - the equivalent of 900 metric tons - said a UN World Food Program (WFP) spokesperson.