| 19 May 2024, Sunday |

Yemen Seeks European Pressure to End Houthi Aggression

Yemen’s Foreign Minister Ahmed bin Mubarak started a new round of meetings with European officials to discuss the peace process and efforts to end the war in the country.

The Minister arrived in Oslo, where he discussed with his Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen the path to the peace process in light of the Houthi militia’s continued rejection of all peace and humanitarian efforts.

Bin Mubarak is visiting Norway as his first stop on a tour of Europe, which includes Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland.

He stressed that the government continues to exert all efforts to achieve peace and restore security and stability in the country.

The government fully supports the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (SESG) Hans Grundberg.

The state-owned Saba news agency reported that the meeting addressed the Houthi ongoing aggression against the Marib governorate, which displaced millions of people.

It also discussed the maritime security in the Red Sea, the militias attacks on transit ships, and the ongoing environmental and humanitarian threat posed by the Safer oil tank.

The Minister said that this tour comes within the efforts to inform international partners of the Yemeni developments and discuss the repercussions of the Houthi coup militias’ continued rejection of all peace efforts and initiatives.

It also aims to clarify the government’s vision to stop the war and achieve peace, restore security and stability, and mitigate the humanitarian repercussions of the war waged by the Houthi militias.

Meanwhile, militia leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi pledged to continue fighting for control of all Yemeni regions.

During a televised speech, Houthi asserted that the group would continue to fight until it “liberates the entire country.”

Meanwhile, military sources reported that the Houthi militia intensified its attacks on Arhaba district, south of Marib.

Local sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that several civilians were killed in the Houthi attacks.

The Ministry of Legal Affairs and Human Rights issued a statement condemning the targeting of civilians, dozens of whom were forced to leave their areas.

The Ministry denounced Houthi militia’s “recurrent barbaric military attacks against the armless civilians of Arhaba district, who have been subjected to shelling by different weapons including ballistic missiles and laden-explosive drones.”

In a press release carried by Saba news, the Ministry reported that Iran-backed Houthi militiamen frequently attacked the powerless civilians, forced them to flee their own houses and areas for their lives.

It condemned Houthis for avenging the peoples of Arhaba, forcing them either to fight their fellows or face the consequences.

The Ministry called on the UN, UNHCR, Human Rights Council, and every organization interested in protecting human rights to pressure the Houthi militia to stop its military aggression against Arhaba and Marib.

The statement also called on humanitarian aid organizations to urgently provide emergency aid to the afflicted, the displaced, and those fleeing the war. The number of displaced families in the past two days alone reached nearly 150 families.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat