Sunday, November 28

Yemen .. The US envoy calls from Aden to end the war and the first visit of a UN envoy to Taiz

Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak discussed with the US Special Envoy to Yemen Timothy Linderking – in the city of Aden, southern Yemen – the situation in Ma’rib Governorate in the north of the country, and efforts to end the war and achieve peace in Yemen. Meanwhile, the United Nations envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, arrived on Monday in the western city of Taiz; On the first visit of a UN envoy to the city in nearly 7 years.

The Yemeni news agency quoted Bin Mubarak as saying that the continuation of the Houthi attacks on Ma’rib confirms their lack of desire for peace, stressing the Yemeni government’s keenness to achieve a just peace. The Yemeni minister said that Linderking’s visit to Aden carries messages, the most important of which is the American condemnation of the continued attack on Marib.

In an interview with a previous Al-Jazeera bulletin, the Yemeni Foreign Minister said that the Houthis’ military advance in the Marib Governorate would not resolve the battle, which is the oil-rich governorate.

For his part, the US envoy – who is visiting Yemen for the first time – renewed his country’s solidarity and support for the government, noting that Washington will continue to support efforts to end the war, establish peace, and alleviate the humanitarian crisis.

Deter the Houthis

Yesterday, Monday, the internationally recognized Yemeni prime minister, Maeen Abdul-Malik, stressed the need for “sanctions to deter the Houthi behavior and its supporters in Tehran, and an immediate halt to Houthi attacks on Ma’rib Governorate, and targeting civilian objects in Saudi Arabia.”

Abdul Malik added – during a meeting in Aden with the US envoy and with him the ChargĂ© d’Affairs of the US Embassy in Yemen Cathy Westley – the importance of moving to “more effective international pressure mechanisms, including confronting Iranian interference in Yemen and its project that threatens the security and stability of the region and international navigation.”

Since the beginning of last February, the Houthis have intensified their attacks in Marib to control it, as it is the most important stronghold of the government and the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense, in addition to its enjoyment of oil and gas wealth and the fact that it contains a station that before the war supplied most of the governorates with electricity.

The battle of Marib

On the ground, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said that 115 Houthi militants were killed during the past 24 hours, while the Houthi group reported that the coalition launched 40 air strikes on the Marib governorate, which is witnessing intense fighting between the Houthis and government forces.

In turn, the Houthis’ “Saba” news agency reported that the coalition airstrikes on Monday focused on the districts of Serwah and al-Juba in Ma’rib Governorate, adding that the raids caused great damage to citizens’ properties and farms.

Siege of Taiz

In a related context, the Yemeni authorities yesterday called on the United Nations to intervene to reopen the main roads leading to the city of Taiz, which have been closed for years, and Taiz Governor Nabil Shamsan said – during a meeting with the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg – that “The people of the governorate are waiting for the fruitful results of this visit, by strengthening Taiz’s position in the negotiations and international briefings, easing the severity of the siege, closing the roads and the exorbitant suffering caused by this siege.”

The Houthis have imposed a siege on the city of Taiz, which is under the control of the government, since the outbreak of the conflict in 2015, and prevented humanitarian aid convoys from reaching the population and those affected by the war.

Grundberg’s visit is the first by a UN envoy to the city since the start of the war about 7 years ago, and the implementation of an agreement on Taiz – signed by the government and the Houthis in December 2018 – is still faltering, as it was supposed to form a joint committee of the two parties and representatives of civil society to negotiate. Regarding the lifting of the siege imposed by the Houthi group on the city.

Yemen has been witnessing a war for nearly 7 years, which has killed more than 233,000 people, and 80% of the population – numbering about 30 million people – has become dependent on support and aid, in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.

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