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15-Apr-2021 00:03:57
The UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths told the Security Council, “the urgency of progress towards a peaceful settlement makes the continued violence on the ground all the more concerning,”adding that Marib remains “the major centre of gravity in this conflict.” UNIFEED
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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15 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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3.SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen at the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen:
“The urgency of progress towards a peaceful settlement makes the continued violence on the ground, as I know we will hear from Mark, all the more concerning. Marib, as we have endlessly discussed in this Council, remains the major centre of gravity in this conflict. It is as true today as it was last year, through those many months. The fighting in Marib, Goodness knows we have seen this spike and fall, and spike and fall and now it is showing dangerous signs of escalating once again. Internally displaced people, along with local communities, have been in the line of fire, and are threatened by the assault on the city of Marib. I am also alarmed by multiple drone and ballistic missile attacks carried out by Ansar Allah against Saudi territory but also in Yemeni territory particularly during the past week, including against civilian facilities.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen at the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen:
“I want to briefly refer to the issue of prisoners and detainees, because it has come up recently in calls by the parties for a general release. I will simply say this: thousands still remain detained and are waiting for their release and would love to see those aspirations realised. My office remains prepared to convene the parties at anytime and anywhere if there is a real prospect of progress being made in that direction.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The situation in Yemen – already the world’s largest humanitarian crisis – is still getting even worse. As Martin said, COVID has come roaring back in recent weeks. A new wave of infections has more than doubled the number of confirmed cases in just six weeks. More people are getting sick, including doctors, nurses and aid workers, although reporting mechanisms capture only a small share of cases. Hospitals and health facilities are increasingly turning people away because they have no more room or they lack supplies.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“On protection of civilians, March was the deadliest month for civilians so far in 2021. More than 200 were killed or injured as a result of hostilities. Nearly 350 private homes were damaged or destroyed. Camps hosting displaced people were affected. About a quarter of the civilian casualties occurred in and around Marib, where Ansar Allah forces have continued to press a military offensive, and many of the displaced people have been displaced again and are ones who have already fled from other parts of the country.
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11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abdullah Ali Fadhel Al-Saadi, Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations:
“We would urge the Security Council and the international community to condemn these brutal attacks by these militias, these attacks ran against the humanitarian laws and human rights laws. We would like to urge them to put as much pressure as possible to ensure that they end the violence against civilians and displaced persons and they should respect the international community and they need to obey the Stockholm Agreement.”
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STORYLINE
The UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths told the Security Council, “the urgency of progress towards a peaceful settlement makes the continued violence on the ground all the more concerning,”adding that Marib remains “the major centre of gravity in this conflict.”

Speaking today (15 Apr) to the Council via a video link, the Special Envoy said, “the fighting in Marib, Goodness knows we have seen this spike and fall, and spike and fall and now it is showing dangerous signs of escalating once again.”

Griffiths explained, “internally displaced people, along with local communities, have been in the line of fire, and are threatened by the assault on the city of Marib.”

The Special Envoy is also “alarmed by multiple drone and ballistic missile attacks carried out by Ansar Allah against Saudi territory but also in Yemeni territory particularly during the past week, including against civilian facilities.”

On the issue of prisoners and detainees, Griffiths said, “I will simply say this: thousands still remain detained and are waiting for their release and would love to see those aspirations realised.”

He also said his office remains ”prepared to convene the parties at anytime and anywhere if there is a real prospect of progress being made in that direction.”

UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock also briefed the Council. He said, “the situation in Yemen – already the world’s largest humanitarian crisis – is still getting even worse.”

Lowcock said, “COVID has come roaring back in recent weeks. A new wave of infections has more than doubled the number of confirmed cases in just six weeks. More people are getting sick, including doctors, nurses and aid workers, although reporting mechanisms capture only a small share of cases.”
The humanitarian chief added that hospitals and health facilities are “increasingly turning people away because they have no more room or they lack supplies.”

On the protection of civilians, Lowcock stated that March was the deadliest month for civilians so far in 2021.

He said, “more than 200 were killed or injured as a result of hostilities. Nearly 350 private homes were damaged or destroyed. Camps hosting displaced people were affected. About a quarter of the civilian casualties occurred in and around Marib, where Ansar Allah forces have continued to press a military offensive, and many of the displaced people have been displaced again and are ones who have already fled from other parts of the country.”

On the recent attacks against his county,Yemeni Ambassador Abdullah Ali Fadhel Al-Saadi told Council members, “we would urge the Security Council and the international community to condemn these brutal attacks by these militias, these attacks ran against the humanitarian laws and human rights laws.”

He also urged the international community to “put as much pressure as possible to ensure that they end the violence against civilians and displaced persons and they should respect the international community and they need to obey the Stockholm Agreement.”
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