DUBAI, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - Hundreds of Yemenis are trapped by fierce fighting between the government and Houthi forces in the northern governorate of Marib,residents and a local official said after fighting for control of the gas-rich region some 10,000 people were displaced last month.
The internationally recognized government backed by a Saudi-led coalition declared southern Marib a military zone on Tuesday after the gains of the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, which also advanced in the Shabwa region in the southern Yemen. learn more
A UN report released on Wednesday cited initial unconfirmed information that six civilians were killed last month in Shabwa, which has deposits of oil and Yemen's only liquefied natural gas terminal. He said nine civilians were killed in southern Marib in September and October.
Marib is the last northern stronghold of the government which was ousted by the Houthis from the capital Sana'a at the end of 2014, prompting the coalition to intervene months later, only to get bogged down in years of military stalemate.
UN efforts to craft a ceasefire have stalled as Saudi Arabia and the The Houthis are both resisting compromise to end more than six years of war that has sparked what the United Nations calls the world's greatest humanitarian crisis.
The United Nations said nearly 10,000 people were internally displaced in Marib governorate last month alone, more than 4,200 of whom fled the southern districts of Harib, al-Jubah and Rahabah.
A fourth district, al-Abdiyah, has been under siege since September 23, hampering the movement of civilians and hampering the flow of humanitarian aid, includingincluding medical supplies, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) said.
Houthi forces occupied positions 18 km (10 miles) west of Marib and attempt to advance elsewhere to encircle the town, which hosts hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people.
The conflict, seen in the Middle East as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, has left tens of thousands of people dead and left 80% of the Yemeni population in need of humanitarian aid. Report by Mohammed Ghobari and the Yemeni team; written by Ghaida Ghantous; edited by Mark Heinrich
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