On Thursday, the United Nations called for an immediate cessation of military operations in the Abdiya district, south of Marib, to allow the safe passage of civilians and aid workers and the evacuation of all those injured in the fighting.
In a press statement, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, David Gressly, said that the ongoing battles have significantly restricted the movement of entry and exit from the Abdiya area for about 35,000 people, including 17,000 of the most vulnerable groups who sought refuge there after fleeing the conflict in the neighboring areas.
He added that this situation could not be tolerated, which severely limited the delivery of life-saving aid and prevented the sick and wounded from receiving much-needed medical care, while providing basic commodities became extremely difficult and dangerous.
He pointed out that the escalation of fighting in recent weeks in the governorates of Marib, Shabwa and Al-Bayda had a devastating impact on civilians who continue to bear the brunt of the conflict in the country for more than seven years.
Grisley reiterated the commitment of the international organization and its partners to work with all relevant authorities to ensure continued humanitarian access to those in need across the country despite the ongoing clashes.