On Sunday, Western officials in Washington and London urged the two sides involved in Yemen conflict to halt their attacks in northern part of the country. At least 17 people lost their lives in an assault for which Saudi Arabia and Houthi militia blame one another.
The Houthi movement later stated that it had merely hit a military base near Marib City. The group openly welcomed an independent probe into the attack.
A five-year-old child who was burnt beyond recognition was among the victims of the explosion outside a gas station in Marib City on Saturday. The remains of the kid and a man, whom the local officials identified as her father, were published from a medical center.
After officials reported the number of victims reached 17, some news outlets, reporting from medical sources at the hospital, asserted that the real number has been 21.
The bomb, which destroyed the gas station and gutted automobiles, has been caused by an anonymous actor while Yemeni topple government during the Arab Spring uprising claims Houthis were the perpetrators of the attack.
Hadi government has been making incessant attempts in the past six years to revive its power. En route, they recurrently blamed Houthis for attack against civilians to undermine the group’s power and its popularity in public community. International reports, however, indicate that made achievements in securing more influence among population showing the failure of attempts against it.
Since the Houthis started an attack to conquer the gas-rich Marib, the government’s sole foothold in the north of Yemen, the province has turned to a prominent focus of the conflict.
The British ambassador to Yemen stated that the Houthis must engage in genuine negotiations with the United Nations. Michael Aron took to twitter to say that efforts to achieve a statewide ceasefire would avoid such gloomy fatalities.
Since a Saudi-led operation started in Yemen in 2015 Yemen has been engulfed in local conflict. Following the takeover of Sana’a by angry protesters during the so-called Arab spring, which devoured the Arab countries from Tunisia to Egypt, Libya and Bahrain, Houthi movement took the grip on power in most regions across the Yemen.
Saudi Arabia, in fear of the contraction of the wave of demonstrations to Riyadh, which then saw glimpses of poplar movements, waged an all-out attack against the neighboring county. UAE and Qatar, with similar concerns, supported Saudi Arabia in its hostility against Yemen.
The assault has led to the death of tens of thousands of people, and displaced millions to multiple countries across the world. Coalition’s violent air strikes has resulted in the world’s “worst humanitarian crisis“, according to the UN. More than 80 percent of the Yemeni people rely on aid to be able to survive.
The United States also had an active role in spring and equipping the hostilities against Yemen. Trump government believed in Bin Salman’s plans in Saudi Arabia and neglected the consequences of a war whose precedents are few in the past decades.
With Biden administration taking the office in Washington and expansion of Houthis’ attacks against Saudi infrastructure, Riyadh found no choice but accepting Biden administration’s peace plan for Yemen.
The process of peace between the two sides, however, has been longer than expected. The war has been going on and Houthis insisted on claiming some remaining parts of Yemen. On the other side, Saudi Arabia kept attacks against Yemeni positions where Houthi troops were located.
While behind-the-scene negotiations to end the war in Yemen goes on, like the recent Omani delegation Abdul-Salam visiting Sana’a, the people are still victims of a violence they have had no role in its propagation.