An attack on a military training camp in western Yemen killed dozens of government soldiers and wounded at least 100 others.
Yemen’s president warned the military on Sunday it needs to be on high alert and ready for battle following the mass-casualty attack he blamed on the Houthi rebels in the city of Marib.
Rising death toll
The United Nations envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, condemned the attack as well as air strikes and ground assaults around the country.
“The hard–earned progress that Yemen has made on de-escalation is very fragile. Such actions can derail this progress”, Griffiths said, urging parties to direct their energies into politics and away from the battlefield.
The attack on the military training camp followed a continuing barrage of assaults by Saudi-backed forces on Houthi targets east of Sanaa. Those attacks killed at least 22 people on both sides, according to officials.
Fighting in the Nihm region was also continuing on Sunday, a military source said according to Saba News Agency. “Dozens from the [Houthi] militia were killed and injured,” the source added.
Yemen has been torn by violence and chaos since 2014 when the Houthis overran much of the country, including Sanaa.
The crisis escalated in March 2015 when the Saudi-UAE-led coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains and restoring Hadi’s government, which is now based in the southern port city of Aden.
The five-year war, which the United Nations says has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, is estimated to have killed tens of thousands of people and pushed the country to the brink of famine.
Both the Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalition forces have been accused of war crimes and rampant human rights abuses in Yemen. Indiscriminate coalition air raids and rebel shelling have drawn widespread international criticism for killing civilians and hitting non-military targets.