American and British diplomats called on the Houthi rebels in Yemen to stop their violent offensive in the north of the country. On Saturday, a gas station was hit by a rocket, killing at least 17 people and injuring 5 others. They were making a call. According to the Yemeni government, the missile was launched by Houthi armed forces.
A 5-year-old child was also killed in an attack in the northern city of Malibu. The Minister of Information stated that all the victims were civilians. He asked the United States and the United Nations to condemn the attack shortly after the attack, and talked about war crimes.
“This inhuman violence must stop,” the U.S. Embassy said in a statement. The British ambassador to Yemen called on the Houthi rebels to cooperate in a ceasefire. “This will prevent this tragic loss,” he reported.
The Houthi rebels denied that they were behind the attack, saying they only attacked a military camp in Malibu. They said they were in favor of an independent investigation of the incident.
This Iran-backed rebel group has been in a six-year civil war with an internationally recognized government that can count on Saudi Arabia’s support. Since February, the rebels have been trying to take over the strategically important city of Malibu from the government, but they have been obstructed by an alliance led by government forces and Saudi Arabia. The rebels suffered heavy losses.
Since 2014, the Houthis have taken control of the capital Sana’a and forced the government into exile.
The civil war in Yemen has killed more than 130,000 people and triggered one of the most serious humanitarian crises in the world. The United Nations World Food Program reported earlier this year that approximately 50,000 people are suffering from food shortages, and another 5 million people are also at risk of food shortages.
The United Nations estimates that in addition to more than 130,000 direct victims, 131,000 people died due to indirect consequences such as lack of food and poor sanitation. The United Nations stated that 80% of the population depends on international aid.
U.S. Secretary of State Blincol spoke with his colleague minister in neighboring Oman last Friday. The Americans said that the conversation re-emphasized the importance of a ceasefire to end violence and inhuman conditions.