The Committee on Marib and Jawf arrived Tuesday night in Marib governorate in a bid to deescalate violence and clashes between local tribes and Houthi militants.
The committee was formed by transition president Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi days ago amid threats by the Houthi Militant Group to seize Marib by force. It was formed in accordance with the peace and national partnership agreement.
The official agency Saba reported the committee has started meetings with local military and non-military officials as well as tribal elders.
The meetings focused on the clashes between a military battalion and local tribes in the Nakhla and Sehail areas two weeks ago and necessary measures that should be taken to preserve security in the city and prevent the repeat of attacks on military units and business infrastructures, it said.
The committee affirmed it has recovered the weapons which were seized by tribes during the clashes while urging the security and armed forces to stay on alert and to deepen the relations between them and local political groups and tribes to boost security, Saba added.
Observers have lately warned that any violence in Marib will be the final nail in the coffin at a time when Yemen is facing big economic challenges. Marib oil and gas projects stand as the backbone for the national economy which depends largely on oil revenues.
The Houthi Group seized power and the capital city of Sanaa in September and has been expanding by force in other governorates.
The committee comprised of Defense Minister Mahmoud Al-Subaihi, as head, and the membership of Interior and Local Administration Ministers, Chief of the 6th Military Command and Director of the Security and Defense at the Presidency.