Yemen: mass displacement in battle for Marib


Yemen’s Houthi rebels have launched an offensive on the central┬áprovince and city of Marib, where fierce fighting has┬áforced┬áhundreds to flee their homes. Some newly displaced people have reportedly been unable to reach camps, and are taking shelter under trees. Marib province┬áhas already swelled by some 2 million over the past years, as those displaced from elsewhere in Yemen have taken refuge there. On Oct. 3, the Houthis came under harsh criticism from international rights groups after┬á┬áthree missiles┬ástruck a house in the provincial capital, killing three children and injuring some 30 people. The┬áhouse was in al-Rawada neighborhood, which hosts┬áthousands of internally displaced people. Marib is a hub of Yemen’s oil industry, and its fall could prove a turning point in the seven-year civil war. (ReliefWeb, AFP, TNH, Arab News,┬áThe National, UAE)

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  1. UN tightens sanctions on Houthis

    The UN Security Council announced new sanctions on Nov. 9 against three Houthi leaders for threatening the peace, security and stability of Yemen. The sanctions subject them to a global asset freeze, a travel ban and an arms embargo.

    The three leaders sanctioned are Yusuf al-Madani, Saleh Mesfer Saleh al-Shaer, and Muhammad Abd al-Karim al-Ghamari. The leaders are accused of coordinating attacks that impact civilians and civilian infrastructure. The sanctions follow Houthi attacks against the last government-controlled city in Yemen, Marib. (Jurist)