United Nations calls for stop the fighting in Hajur

United Nations calls for stop the  fighting in Hajur

The United Nations on Thursday called on all concerned parties in "Hajur" region of Hajjah Governorate (northwest Yemen) to exercise restraint and refrain from any further escalation of actions.

The spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, Stefan Dujarric, made the announcement at a press conference held at the permanent headquarters of the International Organization in New York, speaking about the region that has been fighting for nearly two months.

"Our humanitarian colleagues are concerned about the military activities in Hajur and the humanitarian consequences of the continued violence on civilian lives," said Dujarric.

"We call on the parties to exercise restraint and refrain from any actions that lead to further escalation, especially as civilians continue to pay the price," he added.

Fighting broke out between Hajur tribes, the pro-government on the one hand, and the Houthis on the other hand in late January, with the Houthis trying to take control of Koshar Directorate , east of Hajjah, in a proactive move so as not to be controlled by forces loyal to the Yemeni government coming from the west.

Two days ago, the Houthis took control of large areas of the directorate, despite intense raids by the Saudi Arabian coalition and its air operations, which provided medium and light weapons to tribal fighters, according to local media.

The government forces control parts of Midi and Haradh and Hajjah of the border with Saudi Arabia, while the Houthis control the rest of the province's territory, which has 31 directorates.

In a related context Dujjaric said , "according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), nearly 100 deaths or civilian injuries were recorded every week in 2018 across Yemen”.

"More than 4,000 dead and wounded civilians have been reported throughout the year, with 93 civilian casualties per week, during 2018," he concluded.


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