Instead of open roads, there will be open graves: Houthi figure threatens Taiz

Instead of open roads, there will be open graves: Houthi figure threatens Taiz

By Abdullah Abu Al-Hassan

While the Houthi-held Sana'a Airport and Hodeidah seaport are in operation thanks to international pressure in their favor, the Houthi militants (Shia) have not ended the siege on Yemen's third largest city of Taiz even though that seven year siege is the most pressing humanitarian issue in the country.


The Shia militants have for days participated in UN-brokered talks in Jordan allegedly meant to tackle the Taiz siege but avoided committing themselves to ending the siege and the UN has avoided any serious pressure on them, preferring to stand by as the Shia renew offensives and threats to the city.

Today, the head of the Houthi "military committee" participating in the Jordan talks Yaya Al-Ruzami threatened that "instead of open roads, there will be open graves." 

Trying to say something (anything) to justify the Shia's unwillingness to keep their end of the bargain and end the siege, Al-Ruzami said in a press conference "When we see their good faith, good dealing, their seriousness to fix the country …not their quest as roads Taiz people use them as human shields, or as military roads for them, this hurts us [Sic]. And instead of open roads, there will be open graves."

Ending the siege on three million was part of the December 2018 Stockholm Agreement, but international pressures secured the Houthi Shia's control on Hodeidah city without the Shia having to lift the Taiz siege. Lately international pressure sought to provide the Shia with a new gain (resuming the operation of air and seaports under their control) on the promise that the Shia will end the Taiz siege. Again the serious international pressure persisted until the Shia got what they wanted, and then stopped.

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