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Human Rights Watch accuses Houthis of shelling residential areas

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SANAA (SONNA):Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Houthi rebels of carrying out indiscriminate artillery shelling on residential areas in central Yemen.

In a report published late on Wednesday, the rights group said the Houthi shelling caused casualties among civilians and led to “a new wave of civilian displacement.”

“The attacks are part of the intensified fighting between the Houthi forces and the Yemeni government and its allied forces around Marib (central Yemen)” and has led to worsening of the humanitarian conditions for millions of Yemeni civilians, the report said.

“Civilians and displaced people in Marib have been caught in the crosshairs for nearly two years, some suffering severe deprivation,” said Afrah Nasser, HRW’s Yemen researcher.

“The Houthis’ repeated indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas and blocking humanitarian aid have become a shameful pattern and add to the group’s dismal human rights record,” Nasser added.

The researcher warned that the new displaced people are in desperate need “of comprehensive response by aid agencies” as winter is setting in.

The Houthi group has yet to comment on the report, however, it repeatedly claims its commitment to protect civilians during the fighting.

Since February, Iran-aligned Houthi rebels have stepped up attacks to take control of the oil-rich Marib province, one of the most important strongholds of the legitimate government and home to the headquarters of Yemen’s Defense Ministry.

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014, when Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

 

 

Source: AA

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