The UN especial envoy to Yemen on Tuesday called on all warring parties to exercise self-restraint on military escalation in the southern governorate of Dhalea, asserting that escalation threatens peace efforts in a country plagued by 4-year war over power.
The UN envoy is very anxiously following the ongoing escalation in Dhalea, Envoy Martin Griffiths twitted, appealing for both sides to practice maximum self-restraint.
Any military escalation jeopardizes progress towards peace in Yemen, he added.
Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflictbetween the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014,triggering hard humanitarian conditions and the world's worst humanitarian crisis,according to the UN.
On Thursday, the Security Belt (SB) forces of Dhalea declared the launch of "breath cut" battle to fend off Houthi advance.
The battle has been launched, under a joint operation room and unified leadership of the 30th armored brigade's commander General Hadi al-Olaqi, and will not stop before defeating the Houthis, said the SB.
The SB leadership has called upon all its personnel to reinforce fronts under the unified force and declared general mobilization and state of emergency in the districts of Qataba, Sanah and Shakhab.
On the 24th of last April, Houthi group claimed full control over Hosha district, three days after they announced control over ThiNa'em district of Bayda governorate.
Late in 2015, Houthis were forced out of Hosha.
Wins recently achieved by Houthis have raised controversy on social media, with local activists accusing pro-legitimacy key parties, mostly Islah, of colluding with Houthis.