The International Organization for Migration called on all parties in Yemen to immediately stop all forms of hostilities, while the Saudi-led coalition announced striking military sites for the Houthi group in Ma’rib and Sana’a, and threatened to place the group’s leaders within the bank of military objectives.
The Organization for Migration said that the armed conflict there is causing civilian casualties, including displaced people who have sought refuge in the governorate to escape the fighting.
The organization called for urgent funding to support those affected due to the rapid deterioration of their conditions.
In turn, Human Rights Watch accused the Houthi group of targeting populated areas in Marib and displacing its residents, and said that the intense fighting between government forces and the Houthis contributes to the worsening conditions of civilians.
On the other hand, the Saudi-Emirati coalition announced at dawn today, Friday, the implementation of air strikes on military targets in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, which has been under the control of the Houthis for nearly seven years.
A statement published by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) stated that the coalition targeted the presidential camp in response to the threat and after a careful intelligence operation, explaining that it monitored movements to transfer qualitative weapons after the targeting.
The coalition also announced the killing of 60 members of the Houthi group in Marib, after it carried out 8 targeting operations against the group in Marib during the past 24 hours.
The coalition said, “The targeting destroyed 5 military vehicles,” stressing “its support for the Yemeni army to achieve progress on the ground to protect civilians.”
In a new development, the coalition threatened that it would place the leaders of the Iranian-backed Houthi group within the bank of military targets that would be targeted.
He indicated that he will work to take preventive measures to spare civilians and civilian sites collateral damage, pointing out that all of its operations are in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules.
Yemen has been witnessing for nearly 7 years a continuous war between the pro-government forces backed by a military coalition led by the neighboring Saudi Arabia, and the Iranian-backed Houthis, who have controlled several governorates – including the capital, Sanaa – since September 2014.