He said in the short term, things would likely get worse for civilians.
I think there’s got to be a lot more focus on the humanitarian side right now,” he said.
After the Houthis ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi from Sanaa in 2015, a Saudi-led coalition began a military campaign that has been criticized for killing innocent civilians and has sparked human rights violation complaints.
Asked about that criticism, Mattis noted, “The Houthis have also been criticized for human rights violations.”
Although he called for more humanitarian aid for Yemeni civilians, Mattis said he did not see a Defense Department role in that.