Houthis hail Russia statements doubting US peace calls

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2018-11-10 | Since 6 Month

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The Houthi Group hailed on Saturday statements issued on Friday by the Russian foreign ministry raising doubts about recent US calls on parties fighting in Yemen to stop war and engage in peace talks.

"We welcome the Russian foreign ministry's stance calling for peace in Yemen and considering the US constant support to continue war and blockade as the actual course totally contradicting US calls for ending war," Ansarullah spokesman tweeted.

Russia on Friday accused Washington of providing direct military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

Recently, a new stage of armed, devastating conflict started in Yemen, said a statement by Russian FM. "Everything suggests that the US side would not change their policy in this course... Moscow is convinced that no military solution for war in Yemen."

The Russian statement comes after battles flared around the western port city of Hodeida, where Yemeni joint forces backed by a Saudi-led military coalition seek to take control of the strategic harbor from the Iran-backed Houthi Group.

Russia FM noted that it repeatedly warned of bad consequences of attack on Hodeida, and that recent developments occur following US calls to stop all battles within one month.

Washington, represented by its secretaries of defense and state, on the 31st of last October called for stop of war in Yemen and involvement into negotiations by the end of this November.

But Moscow questioned whether the US remarks are sincerely in favor of ending conflict in Yemen.

Yemen has been racked by armed conflict which broke out after the Iran-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government in late 2014.

The Yemeni government and Arab coalition are accusing the Houthis of using Hodeida seaport to smuggle Iranian weapons including ballistic missiles, hinder the delivery of humanitarian aid and threaten international navigation.

The Saudi-led military coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstall Hadi.

Yemen is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, as more than 22 million people (more than two thirds of the population) are in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.

The conflict has left nearly 16,000 people dead, hundreds of thousands injured, 3 million displaced and made other thousands to flee the country.

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