Arab coalition strikes military sites in Houthi-held Sanaa
AL-MUKALLA: The Arab coalition on Thursday carried out a series of airstrikes against military sites in Houthi-controlled Sanaa.
Coalition spokesperson Brigadier. General Turki Al-Maliki said the coalition had launched airstrikes on a number of military sites in Sana’a believed to harbor drones loaded with explosives and ballistic missiles, “foiling deadly attacks” against civilian targets at inside and outside Yemen.
Al-Maliki said the airstrikes were launched in response to Houthi attacks on Saudi airports, power plants and other public infrastructure.
“If the Houthi militia continues its grave violations by targeting civilians, civilian property and infrastructure, the militia should prepare for larger and more comprehensive airstrikes in accordance with international humanitarian law,” Al-Maliki said in a statement. .
On the ground in Yemen, fighting escalated Thursday outside the central city of Marib, a day after the UN Security Council condemned the military operations of the Iran-backed Houthi militia in the province of Marib.
Residents and local military officials say fierce fighting between government forces and the Houthis in Juba district, south of Marib, has left dozens dead as the militia intensified its ground attacks and strikes. drones and missiles over areas controlled by the provincial government. .
The fighting began on Wednesday when the Houthis attacked government troops in Juba in an attempt to break into the town of Marib. The Houthis were forced to stop their attacks after suffering heavy losses and making no progress, according to the coalition.
Also on Thursday, the Houthis reacted angrily to the Security Council’s latest calls to end hostilities in Marib province, end the siege of certain districts and positively engage in diplomatic efforts to end the war. .
The Houthis have vowed to continue their military operations until they control all of Yemen.
“Our military operations inside and outside Yemen will continue until the aggression is stopped, the siege is lifted and foreign forces leave Yemen,” said Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti, a Houthi leader. , on Twitter.
Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam accused the UN Security Council of bias.
“The adoption by the Security Council of the position of the aggressors is not new and constitutes a gross and blind bias,” said Abdul-Salam.
The Security Council on Wednesday criticized the Houthis for threatening international shipping in the Red Sea, staging deadly attacks in Marib and hampering the delivery of aid to those trapped. He urged warring factions in Yemen to comply with UN-led peace efforts.
In a statement, the Security Council stressed “the need for de-escalation by all, including an immediate end to the Houthi escalation in Marib” and condemned “the use of sexual violence as well as the recruitment and ‘use of children in conflict’. He also welcomed the return of the Yemeni government to Aden and urged it to focus on stopping the devaluation of the Yemeni riyal.
“The members of the Security Council welcomed the return of the Prime Minister to Yemen and stressed the importance of supporting the government to provide essential services to the Yemeni people. They expressed their firm support for the will of the Prime Minister to reform the economy ”, we can read in a press release published at the end of the meeting.
Western envoys to Yemen have also joined international calls for the Houthis to end the escalation of military activity in Marib province.
During a meeting with Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak in Riyadh, French Ambassador to Yemen Jean-Marie Safa expressed concern over the serious impact of the ongoing Houthi military operations in Marib and their headquarters in Abedia District, noting that his country resisted attempts by the Houthis to control the country by force.
However, Yemeni military officials argue that international condemnations alone cannot persuade the Houthis to change course and call for tougher punitive measures against countries and organizations that offer military, financial or political support to the Houthis.
“There must be deterrence and pressure on this group and on the countries and organizations that support it,” Colonel Abdul Basit Al-Baher, a Yemeni army officer in Taiz, told Arab News. .