UN urges ‘humanitarian’ truce in Yemen’s Ta’izz

July 27, 2016 6:00 pm

Smoke rises from burning houses
in al-Sarari area in the province of Ta’izz during clashes between
militants loyal to resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and
Houthi Ansarullah fighters, July 26, 2016. ©Reuters

The has called for a humanitarian truce in ’s southwestern province of Taizz as heavy fighting continues in the embattled region.

Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick on Wednesday
expressed alarm at increasing bloodshed in Ta’izz province, particularly
the al-Sarari area, and urged all warring sides to agree immediately to
a “humanitarian pause” to protect civilians.
He also called for
cooperation with humanitarian agencies to help treat and evacuate the
wounded and deliver much-needed medicine to the embattled region.
Forces loyal to Yemen’s resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, control
most of Ta’izz, the third largest city in the impoverished Arab
country. The city has an estimated pre-war population of 300,000 people.
According to reports, forces loyal to Hadi fired several rockets at Sarari homes overnight.
In a letter to the UN, a Houthi official of a ceasefire committee assigned to oversee a fragile truce in Ta’izz said
Sarari residents had been subjected to “war crimes” such as house
burning and the detention of 49 civilians, including women and children.

“We
call on you to swiftly intervene to stop these gangs and limit the
massacres they have begun to commit against unarmed civilians,” Ahmed
al-Msawa said in the letter, Reuters reported.

However, pro-Hadi forces have denied setting fires to houses.

In
this April 25, 2016 photo, a woman, who fled the city of Ta’izz,
carries her daughter as she stands near her family’s hut in a slum area
of Sana’a, Yemen. ©APA UN-brokered ceasefire in
Yemen, which took effect in April, has been shaky as both sides accuse
each other of breaking the truce.
The ceasefire was aimed at paving the way for UN-mediated peace talks among Yemeni groups to resolve the
conflict in Yemen. The talks, currently underway in Kuwait, are
reportedly to be extended for another week, according to sources.
This
comes as Yemen has been under military strikes by Saudi Arabia since
late March 2015. The Saudi war has been meant to restore power to Hadi,
who seeks to forcefully return to power.
The Riyadh military aggression has left close to 10,000 dead in Yemen.

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