Houthis unleash new attacks outside Marib, Yemen

Houthis unleash new attacks outside Marib, Yemen

Houthis unleash new attacks outside Marib, Yemen
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Yemen’s Defense Ministry claimed Wednesday that the Houthis, supported by Iran, had launched new attacks on Yemeni government soldiers outside the central city of Marib, adding to a litany of violations of the UN-brokered truce.

According to locals and official media sources, the Houthis attacked army soldiers and allied tribesmen defending the important area from the south, causing ferocious combat and explosions that shook portions of the city.

“Our armed forces’ heroes, supported by popular resistance fighters, are resisting a large-scale onslaught launched by the Iranian Houthi militia in Marib province’s southern front,” the Defense Ministry stated in a statement.

The Houthis and the Yemeni government agreed on April 2 to suspend hostilities on all fronts in Yemen, including Marib, and to enable fuel shipments to enter Hodeidah’s ports. Additionally, two weekly flights from Sanaa airport to Cairo and Amman were approved.

Simultaneously, the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen suspended military operations in Yemen, including airstrikes on Houthi targets that were critical in impeding the militia’s attempts to gain momentum.

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Yemeni military officials, on the other hand, assert that the Houthis used the truce to assemble heavy equipment and fighters outside Marib and start attacks on the city.

Since early this month, Yemen’s government stated, the Houthis have pounded highly populated regions, including Marib and Taiz, with missiles, drones, and mortar rounds, attacked government soldiers, and committed hundreds of breaches.

The Houthis broke the truce 118 times on Monday alone in Taiz, Hodeidah, Abyan, and Hajjah, the Defense Ministry stated, organizing forces, launching surveillance drones, fighting government soldiers, establishing new sites, and building trenches.

Yemeni human rights organizations that track war deaths in Yemen have also documented several Houthi violations of the cease-fire around the nation.

Since April 2, according to the Yemeni Network for Rights and Freedoms, the Houthis have killed 16 people, including women and children, kidnapped 46 more, damaged nine farms, and plundered nine charity.

The Houthis fired mortars and rockets towards Marib, injuring three people, while snipers murdered three civilians during the truce, the group stated.

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Yemen’s new leader Rashad Al-Alimi accused the Iran-backed Houthis of targeting Yemeni cities during the truce and neglecting to select joint committee representatives to supervise the opening of roads in besieged Taiz during his Tuesday swearing-in address before Parliament.

He urged the international community to increase pressure on the Houthis to accept peace measures aimed at ending the war.

“The coup militia’s contempt for civilian life necessitates that the UN envoy and the international community take decisive actions to rein in the truce’s momentum and avoid its collapse,” he added, pledging to embrace “every possible chance” to broker a cease-fire.

“The council will make a serious attempt to achieve peace, and its hand will stay extended toward a just and durable peace that maintains the state, its constitutional institutions, republican system, and national unity.”

 

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