Wed, 12 May 2021

ADEN, Yemen, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's government reported on Sunday that more than 24,000 people were displaced by the recent escalating battles in the country's oil-rich province of Marib.

The Yemeni government agency that administers the displaced camps said in a statement that the recent wave of escalating fightings in Marib displaced over 24,000 people during the period from Feb. 6 to April 16 this year.

The statement indicated that the newly displaced people are facing harsh living conditions, including lack of shelter, food, drinking water and medicine supplies.

The agency appealed to the United Nations and the international community to exert political pressure on the Houthi forces to stop their attacks against Marib.

It also called on the international relief organizations operating in Yemen to move urgently to provide necessary assistance to the displaced families to alleviate their suffering.

Last week, local Yemeni politicians, including members of the pro-government parliament and heads of some humanitarian organizations, repeatedly demanded a cease-fire in Marib.

They called on warring sides to end fighting and resume negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations to put an end to the years-long bloody conflict.

Marib currently hosts more than 2 million internally displaced people who were forced previously to leave their homes in different war-torn Yemeni regions.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi rebels seized control of several northern provinces and forced the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the capital Sanaa.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni military conflict in March 2015 to support Hadi's government.

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