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The Arab League: Houthi escalation in Marib will lead to a humanitarian crisis

The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, confirmed that the military escalation of the Houthi militia on Marib will lead to a humanitarian crisis.

During his meeting with the UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths in Cairo, he stressed that the first step towards any political settlement is to achieve an immediate ceasefire throughout Yemen. This may alleviate the humanitarian crisis afflicting the Yemeni people.

He also called for serious international pressure on the Houthis and the regional force that supports them to reach an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire.

In addition, he expressed his refusal to turn Yemen into a platform for attacks on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or to become dependent on regional agendas that are indifferent to Yemen’s interests or the suffering of its citizens.

The UN envoy to Yemen condemned the attack carried out by the Houthi militia and targeted the military independence camp in the city of Ma’rib, which resulted in the killing of at least eighty soldiers. Griffiths stressed that these military activities may impede any progress, pointing out that progress towards de-escalation is already fragile. He also condemned the escalation of military activities in the governorates of Sana’a and Saada.

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