As a last resort, volunteers may take suicidal risk to break Houthi siege on Yemeni city

As a last resort, volunteers may take suicidal risk to break Houthi siege on Yemeni city

2019-10-12

After the failure of negotiations with Houthis to end the five-year long siege on Yemen's Taiz, volunteers from the government-held downtown now consider risking their lives  to break the siege by staging a peaceful march to the other (militant-controlled) side of the city.  

"We have been contacting fellow Taizi activists including pro-Houthi ones in the [Houthi-hed] Hawban part to get them to pressure Houthi leaders to lift the siege because the siege is hurting everyone across the frontlines, but to no use," said Mohammed Ali the most popular social media activists in the downtown on his Facebook page.

"We, the city volunteers, may finally march across the dividing line to break the siege, even if we pay our lives as a price," he said in a post liked by thousands.       

Ongoing negotiations between Taiz civilians and Houthi military officials in Sana'a to remove Houthi landmines and snipers at the city entrances to allow civilian traffic and humanitarian and commercial supply seem to have failed.

Desperate of the UN's response to their pleas for lifting the siege that had over the years induced the spread of epidemics and famine-like conditions, Taiz residents resorted to finding a way out of this plight by themselves;  negotiation with Houthis, stepping up of local activism (including by cartoons and graffiti) and considering this risky cross as a last resort.  

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