Alarming numbers for displaced Yemenis due to Houthis’ violations

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The Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations revealed that the Houthi militias in several cities and governorates have forced more than 3 million people to flee since the coup in 2014.

The head of the executive unit of the displaced, Najib Saadi, said that the Marib topped the list of provinces that received large numbers of displaced people, followed by the temporary capital Aden, Taiz, Mahara, Shabwa, Abyan and Hadramout.

"The number of displaced people is 25 percent higher than in 2017 due to the recent events in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in December and the battles near Hodeidah," he said.

The Yemeni Coalition presented the report on the forcibly displaced by the Houthis in Yemen at the 37th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

According to the documented data from the monitoring coalition, the Houthi militias caused the forced displacement of 184 families from 8 rural villages in the second displacement operation witnessed by the Directorate of Jabal Habashi, in Taiz governorate, south-west of Yemen in 2017.

He explained that the number of these displaced families has gone up to 980 individuals, including 451 children and 262 women who were deported under the force of arms, leaving behind all their belongings and property and livelihoods to save their lives.

The Human Rights Coalition stressed that the "displacement" of the inhabitants of these areas has caused a real disaster that no one could imagine, especially in a rural society that depends entirely on its traditional agricultural work and on raising livestock.

He noted that the Houthi militias did not allow the displaced to take anything with them from their homes, which contributed to the aggravation of their poor living conditions.