Houthis say ready to stop fighting, join unity govt.

18.11.2016

Yemen’s Houthi  Ansarullah movement, at the core of the Houthi alliance resisting the Saudi coalition’s war on Yemen, has said that they are prepared to end the fighting and join a national unity government.

A member of Ansarullah's Political Council said: "Ansarullah's position has been and still is with stopping the war and the establishment of a national unity government that incorporates all political components."

He said this after the US Secretary of State reported that the parties to the conflict had agreed to observe a cessation of hostilities from November 17th onwards. The parties had also reached an agreement to establish a “national unity government in a safe and secure Sana'a... as a goal towards the end of the year."

However, Yemen’s former foreign minister complained that Kerry’s announcement had not been coordinated with the country’s resigned government supported by the Saudi’s invasion and war to return it to power.

In the last month, Saudi Arabia has come under international criticism for the high number of civilian casualties resulting from their indiscriminate airstrikes.

Iran renews support for political solution in Yemen 

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman confirmed Iran's support for a political solution to Yemen's crisis, and welcomed ceasefire and resumption of peace talks in the Muslim state. He said: "Iran has always called for the settlement of political crisis in Yemen through dialogue among the Yemeni different political parties," and added that the restoration of a comprehensive ceasefire is needed before negotiations towards peace and stability in Yemen can proceed.

Earlier, the Omani Foreign Ministry announced the acceptance of a ceasefire in Yemen by all parties starting on November 17th, followed by peace talks later in November.

In late October, the Iranian Red Crescent Society confirmed their readiness to send humanitarian aid, relief workers and medicine to Yemen, and said: "An Iranian relief flight has been allowed to transfer Yemen's wounded civilians for treatment and we also voiced our preparedness to send relief workers and humanitarian aid to that country." 

Houthi alliance killed 20 Saudi coalition fighters

The Houthi-alliance continued its advances against the Saudi coalition, and killed at least 20 of their fighters and destroyed their military hardware in Marib province.

Earlier, two ballistic missiles were fired by the Houthi alliance on targets in Saudi Arabia’s Najran province. A military command center was hit with the Tochka missile and the Rajla military base was targeted with aZalzal 3 missile that the Saudi coalition claimed was intercepted and destroyed before it could cause any damage.

Elsewhere, the Houthi alliance launched a mortar attack on a gathering of Saudi mercenaries in Dhubab district of Taiz province and artillery units of the Houthi alliance also targeted two separate areas of Taiz where a number of Saudi soldiers were killed.

In the country’s province of Hajjah, dozens of Saudi mercenaries were killed and wounded in clashes with Houthi alliance fighters when they attempted to advance.

Meanwhile, the College of Military Engineering in Sana’a, as well as Bani Matar district in Sana’a province and the Sirwah district of Marib were targeted by Saudi coalition fighter jet airstrikes.

Around the same time, Daesh terrorists attacked a residence in Bayda province and beheaded a Yemeni civilian in front of his family.

The terrorist group, which mainly operates in Iraq and Syria, as well as al-Qaeda members have been using the Saudi invasion of Yemen in order to gain a foothold and advance in the country.

Questions of war crimes against Yemeni civilians

Some months ago, after an airstrike targeted a highway in western Yemen, a taxi driver stopped and rushed a wounded ice cream vendor to the nearest hospital in the town of Abs. At his arrival, hell was unleashed when a missile struck just outside the hospital entrance, "like a ball of fire," one witness said. 

The blast ripped through patients and family member that were waiting in an outdoor reception area, killing 19 people including the taxi driver, a father of eight, who was incinerated in his car together with his ‘patient’.

This attack typifies a pattern in the almost 2-year air campaign by the US-led Saudi coalition in Yemen. Rights groups and UN officials say the US-backed Saudi coalition has often either deliberately or recklessly, failed to distinguish between civilian and military targets and disregarded the likelihood of civilian casualties, saying that some of the strikes amount to war crimes.

The UN said that nearly 4,000 civilians have been killed since early 2015 and an estimated 60 percent of them died in airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition. According to the Yemen Data Project, an independent group of researchers, one in three strikes hit civilian targets. They have established a database of more than 8,000 strikes in Yemen.

On that particular day, every strike carried out had used a Paveway guided missile system, built by an American company and sold to Saudi Arabia. This represents a fraction of the billions of dollars in weapons sold to Saudi Arabia in this campaign. TheUS military also provided intelligence, satellite imagery and logistical assistance.