Millions at risk in Marib from Houthi Attack

A girl plays at a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Marib, Yemen October 2, 2020. (Reuters

An offensive by Yemen’s Houthi group to take Marib city, threatens to displace millions. More than 90,000 people have been displaced in Yemen’s flashpoint Marib province since January due to intense fighting between the government and the Houthi rebels, said the UN.

The gas-rich region of Marib has been a refuge for people fleeing violence, many from Houthi controlled Sana’a during Yemen’s six-year-old war, expanding its main city rapidly.

“An assault on the city would put two million civilians at risk, with hundreds of thousands potentially forced to flee – with unimaginable humanitarian consequences,” said U.N aid chief Mark Lowcock.

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People stand at the site of a Houthi ballistic missile attack over the populated district of Rawda in Marib, Yemen Feb. 6, 2020. (File photo: Reuters)