Yemeni pro-government fighters including the UAE-trained Giants Brigade man a position on the outskirts of al-Jawba in the country's northeastern province of Marib on Jan 27, 2022. (PHOTO / AFP)
ADEN, Yemen – Yemen's internationally-recognized government warned on Friday of a possible return to all-out military conflict in the war-ravaged Arab country following an uptick in attacks by the Houthi militia in the northeastern oil-rich province of Marib.
Yemen's Information Minister Moammar al-Eryani said in a statement that scores of Houthi rebels launched a large offensive against the government-controlled areas in the Harib district west of Marib, forcing hundreds of local households to flee.
Despite recent diplomatic efforts towards peace, heavy clashes between the Yemeni army and the Houthi militia were reignited in Marib during the past three days, with Tuesday's overnight fighting in Harib leaving 19 people from both sides killed, and several others injured.
The resurgence of fighting threatens a fragile peace process bolstered by the recent agreement on exchanging hundreds of war prisoners
Eryani called on the United Nations and the international community to condemn the Houthis' actions and apply pressure to push them toward peaceful resolutions, preventing a return to full-scale war.
He said that the Houthi rebels' offensive against Marib has caused significant destruction, with villages in Harib district coming under missile and artillery fire.
The latest assault confirmed the Houthi group's "persistent use of political and military escalation tactics, aiming to take advantage of the ongoing state of neither war nor peace that has persisted since the truce's expiration in order to secure strategic gains on the battlefield," said Eryani in his statement.
The resurgence of fighting also threatens the fragile peace process bolstered by the recent agreement between the warring Yemeni sides to exchange hundreds of war prisoners under the auspices of the United Nations.
Yemen has been embroiled in a devastating civil war since 2014, with the Houthis fighting against the internationally-recognized government and its allies, which include a Saudi Arabia-led coalition.
The UN has been pushing for a ceasefire and peace talks in Yemen, which has been described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
The conflict brought the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of collapse causing famine and widespread suffering as well as disrupting the country's food supply chain, leaving millions of people without access to adequate nutrition.
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