Humanitarian groups stressed that the international community must take concrete action to help end the suffering of Yemeni civilians. Since the war began, an estimated 10,000 Yemenis have been killed in bombings, while tens of thousands more have died from cholera and diphtheria as epidemics have arisen due to heavily damaged infrastructure and port blockades.
“We call on the international community to strengthen the U.N.’s efforts to end gross violations of international law committed by all parties to the conflict and ensure justice and reparation for victims,” said Lynn Maalouf of Amnesty International.
“It is critical that the international community does not lose focus in it efforts to end the war,” said Miliband. “Allies of all warring parties, including the U.S., U.K., France, and Iran should continue to apply sustained diplomatic pressure to ensure these agreements are followed and to take meaningful action if violations occur.”
The IRC also outlined the steps that must be taken at future Yemen talks, calling for a UN-supported ceasefire for the entire country, the opening of the airport in the capital city of Sana’a, and the payment of public employees’ salaries, many of which have not been paid for more than a year amid the chaos.
“Finally, for Yemen to take the next vital steps towards peace, warring parties must be held accountable for commitments to return to the table in January to build on the progress made this week,” said Miliband.