UN envoy: Military situation ‘increasingly dire’ in Yemen

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The United Nations (UN) special envoy for Yemen warned on Thursday that the military situation in the war-torn country is growing “increasingly dire”, pointing especially to an alarming escalation in the mountainous northern district of Jawf that has displaced thousands of families.

Martin Griffiths told the UN Security Council that Yemen is at “a critical juncture”.

He said the country will either move “towards de-escalation and the resumption of the political process, or, I fear, towards greater violence and suffering that will make the path to the negotiating table more arduous”.

Griffiths said the escalation in Jawf “could trigger conflicts in other governorates and drag Yemen into a new and irresponsible cycle of violence” that would have “devastating humanitarian and political consequences”.

He also reported fighting in the western province of Marib, in Hodeida where the country’s major port handles about 70 per cent of Yemen’s commercial and humanitarian imports, in Nehm, which is a half-hour drive from the capital of Sanaa, as well as in the provinces of Dhale, Shabwa, Taiz and Saada.