Coalition Forces Attack IDPs Camps, Sana’a Warns of Using IDPs as Human Shields

Pro-Houthis Marib governor, Ali Mohammed Toaiman, warned the Saudi-led coalition and its sponsored forces against using the internally displaced people (IDPs) as human shields on the outskirts of the city of Marib.

Taiman said in a statement that rejecting by the forces of Saudi coalition to allow the IDPs to move to safer areas and away from confrontations, is a desperate attempt to trade in their suffering and use them as a humanitarian pressure card to stop the military progress by the Yemeni army towards the city.

The Saudi-backed forces supported by al-Qaeda militants launched on Monday a new attack against the internally displaced people (IDPs)’s camps in north of Marib city.

According to sources, the coalition forces waged artillery attack on the outskirts of the IDPs’ camps northwest of the city, hours after armed clashes with the displaced.

The sources confirmed that the coalition forces prevented the IDPs’ from leaving their camps in Dhat Raa and Dashoush areas, in which the coalition forces and Al-Qaeda members established military barracks inside those camps.

The “Military Police of the coalition forces, in “Mile” area in the same province, which is known as the “al-Dharaib Point”, fired live bullets earlier, on the displaced to force them to return to their camps, to try to make the IDPs as human shields.

Taiman pointed out that the armed forces’ keenness, since the start of their military operations, to avoid civilians, including the IDPs, the damages of war and targeting, even though the forces of Saudi coalition have created artillery hangers near some the IDPs’ camps to exploit deliberately their suffering for political purposes.

The governor confirmed that the local authority has made many initiatives to transfer the IDPs’ camps, which are located near the areas of conflict to the liberated areas that to guarantee their necessary protection from confrontations.

He held the coalition and its tools the full responsibility for bombing on the displaced in areas of military conflict that endanger their lives.

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