The governor of Ma’rib confirms the steadfastness in the face of the Houthi attack and calls on the government to support the issue of the displaced

The governor of Marib affirmed the steadfastness of the Yemeni governorate in the face of Houthi progress despite the fall of important districts in it and in the neighboring governorates of Al-Bayda and Shabwa, and called on the Yemeni government to support the local authority to overcome the burdens of civilian displacement due to the ongoing war.

Major General Sultan Al-Arada made it clear – in statements published by the Yemeni News Agency – that the fall of areas in the hands of the Houthis is not defective, as this is the nature of wars, and said that “the war is a debate, but Ma’rib will endure.”

Al-Arada pointed out that Yemenis in areas under the control of the Houthis live under duress, and that displacement from those areas intensifies the responsibilities of the local authority in Marib, and it is imperative that the government “stand up to its responsibilities in supporting the local authority to overcome the burdens resulting from displacement.”

The governor pointed out that the Saudi-Emirati alliance is an aid to the Yemeni army, but it cannot replace the Yemeni government.

The coalition had said – in a statement yesterday, Saturday – that it had carried out 32 operations targeting Houthi vehicles and elements in the governorates of Al-Bayda (central), Al-Jawf (northeast) and Serwah district in Marib governorate, during the past 24 hours.

The statement indicated that the targeting operations “led to the destruction of 14 military vehicles, and the elimination of more than 157 terrorist elements,” as he put it.

In turn, the Houthi group announced that the coalition aircraft launched 24 air raids, during the past 24 hours, in the governorates of Ma’rib and Al-Jawf, and opposite Saudi Arabia’s Najran, on the border with Yemen.

Al-Arada’s statements come at a time when the Yemeni governorate of Ma’rib is witnessing an escalation of fighting between government forces and the Houthi group, amid international calls for de-escalation.

And large areas of Marib governorate witnessed – last Thursday – fighting between the two sides, while the Houthis took control of a government forces camp in the southern part of Marib governorate, they said.

However, it was reported that government forces had broken Houthi attacks in the “Al-Amoud Al-Ala” area in Al-Juba district, after battles that left a number of dead and wounded on both sides.

Since 2015, the Saudi neighbor has led a coalition carrying out military operations in Yemen, in support of government forces in the face of the Houthis, who have controlled governorates, including the capital, Sanaa, since 2014.

The war – which has been going on for about 7 years – has claimed the lives of more than 233,000 people, and 80% of Yemen’s population – numbering about 30 million people – has become dependent on aid, in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.

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