The top official in the United Nations has communicated to the Security Council that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are going to suck the warn- torn Yemen into a deeper conflict.
Media has confirmed that Special Envoy Martin Griffiths has warned that there is “no time to waste” and it is paramount to end the war between the Houthis and the internationally recognized government.
It is a well known fact that the ongoing war has pushed the country to the brink of famine. The UN humanitarian affairs coordination office, OCHA has confirmed that despite best efforts, roughly 80 percent of the population—or 24 million people still require humanitarian aid.
The ceasefire efforts are looking at coming to the end of a knot as of now. There is no surprise in the fact that Griffiths’ intervention reflects serious concerns and warning against major consequences for Yemenis mostly.
The recent attack on the oil installations could end any Saudi willingness to compromise on a future Houthi stake in Yemen’s government.
It is, therefore, possible that Riyadh would rather revert to an uncompromising search for a military solution that crushes the rebels (if the attack has actually been carried off by the Houthi rebels). At the moment, the US is accusing Iran of having played its cards well and put Houthi rebels in front of the firing squad.
If Riyadh believes victory against the Houthis is essential to reduce Iran’s influence across the region, the chances of compromise diminish dramatically. The approach now has to move from not just retracement of security forces from the Red Sea port area of Hodeidah. Griffiths is now asking for a ‘on-the-table’ discussion for a political agreement to end the war.
The US government produced satellite photos to confirm the trajectory of the drones is more from the Iranian side than Yemen. This information cannot be refuted and ignored. But Griffiths feels that it would actually be good for Yemen that, in reality, Houthis had nothing to do with the drone attacks in the first place.