“Difficult struggle” will need to be waged for peace in Yemen

The UN special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, said yesterday that the struggle for peace in the war-torn country was “difficult”, calling on the opposing parties to hold a “dialogue” to “break the deadlock”. cycle of violence “.

His remarks came as fighting between government troops backed by a Saudi-led military alliance and Iranian-led Houthi rebels escalated over the past month around the city of Marib. of a recognized government in northern Yemen.

The Swedish diplomat visited Taiz (southwest), a city under government control, but besieged after 2015 by the Houthis, on Monday. He met the governor, representatives of political parties and the so-called civil society in this city of 600,000 inhabitants, the third most populous in the country.

“Working for peace in Yemen is a difficult struggle,” Grundberg told a news conference. “We must never forget that there is always a way to break the cycle of violence. “There are always opportunities for peaceful dialogue.”

According to the UN special envoy, the difficulties faced by the Yemenis are “concentrated in Taiz”, a city that has been bombed by the guerrillas countless times.

It stigmatized the living conditions of its residents, stressing that they face “extreme restrictions on freedom of movement”, while at the same time “suffering from the deteriorating economic situation and the lack of basic services, such as water and electricity, in addition to the lack of security.” .

New raids in Marib

At the same time, the US envoy, Tim Lenderking, made his first visit to Yemen, traveling to Aden, the country’s second largest city, the interim seat of the internationally recognized government, where he met with various officials.

He said it was time for “all Yemenis to unite to end this war and push for bold reforms to revitalize the economy,” the State Department said in a statement. He also called on all wings of the Yemeni government to avoid “divisions” which “make it weaker” than the Houthis.

Earlier in the day, the Riyadh-led military alliance announced that another 115 Houthis had been killed and 19 military vehicles destroyed in airstrikes over the past 24 hours around the northern province of Marib, the capital of the subsoil.

The coalition airstrikes were carried out in Siroua (west of Marib) and al-Jouf (north), a spokesman said in a statement issued by the official Saudi news agency SPA.

For a month, the Riyadh alliance has announced almost daily that it has inflicted heavy casualties on the rebels with the air strikes it launches; their. The bombings do not seem to be able to stop the guerrillas from continuing their advance towards Marib.

The loss of the province would be a heavy blow to the internationally recognized government and Riyadh.

The conflict of more than seven years in the poorest country of the Arabian Peninsula has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, the vast majority of civilians, and displaced millions more, international aid organizations say. The UN considers that the worst humanitarian catastrophe on the planet is unfolding in Yemen in recent years.

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