Houthis accuse coalition of killing, wounding 40 citizens since launch of peace initiative

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-09-27 | Since 8 Month

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The Houthi group (Ansar Allah) accused the Saudi-led Arab coalition in support of legitimacy in Yemen of killing and wounding 40 citizens in three provinces since launching the peace initiative on 20 September.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population in the Salvation Government of the Houthis, Dr. Yousef Al-Hadiri, said that the coalition warplanes and the fire of Saudi border guards and forces loyal to coalition have killed 24 citizens and wounded 16 others, mostly women and children in the provinces of Amran, Dali, Hodeidah.

According to the Houthi-run Yemeni news agency "Saba", a spokesman for the Ministry of Health condemned the silence of the international community on the crimes of aggression and its response to the peace initiative blessed by the European Union and the United Nations.

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, welcomes the initiative announced by Ansar Allah on 20 September, on the cessation of hostile military acts against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also welcomes the expression of further openness towards the implementation of the Prisoner Exchange Agreement and the desire for a political solution to end the conflict.

The Special Envoy stresses the importance of taking advantage of this opportunity and moving forward with all necessary steps to reduce violence, military escalation and unhelpful rhetoric.

Mahdi al-Mashat, President of the Supreme Political Council set up by the Houthis to manage the areas under its control, said in a televised speech on the fifth anniversary of the group's takeover of the capital Sana'a in September 2014: "We announce the stop of targeting of the territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by drone aircraft, ballistic and wings missiles and all forms of targeting. We await a similar response."

He pointed out that his group has implemented nearly 90% of its obligations under the Stockholm agreement, accusing the Yemen's internationally recognized government of not fulfilling its obligations.

Parties to the 4-year war in Yemen, after 8-day peace talks in Sweden, reached on the 13th of last December an agreement providing for ceasefire in Hodeida and redeployment of both sides' forces, exchanging prisoners and alleviating blockade imposed by Houthis on Taiz.

But none of this has taken place so far, with both sides trading blames for trying to thwart the deal.

Speaking at the same event, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir on Saturday said the weapons used were Iranian and vowed to release their full findings.

 Adel Jubeir said his government was in consultation with allies and would take "necessary measures" after its investigation was complete, without giving details of possible actions.

"The kingdom calls upon the international community to assume its responsibility in condemning those that stand behind this act, and to take a firm and clear position against this reckless behaviour that threatens the global economy," he said.

The Houthi initiative comes a week after the group's attacks against Saudi Aramco, in the east of the kingdom, which halved its production, about 5 million barrels of oil per day.

Saudi Arabia and the United States have accused Iran of being behind the attack, a charge Tehran vehemently denied, warning of any military moves against it.

Yemen conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.



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