Monday, 14 October, 2019

Houthis welcome Saudi de facto ruler's remarks on ending Yemen war

More data on captured Saudi troops conditional Yemeni spox Yemeni Houthis broadcast video showing major attack near Saudi border
Robin Buchanan | 02 October, 2019, 00:13

"Our initiative proves our credibility in implementing the Sweden agreement and we call on the other party to take a comparable step", the head of the Houthis' prisoner affairs committee, Abdul Qader al-Murtada, told reporters assembled for the release.

Dozens of men in clean, new, white clothing walked out of the central prison in the capital Sanaa and lined up outside, supervised by men in military uniforms. The Houthis claim as well that there were senior Saudi officers among those who had been captured.

At a press conference yesterday, Saudi coalition spokesperson, Colonel Turki Al-Mali denounced the claims were "theatrical" and part of "attempts to mislead" the global and regional media, describing it as a "disinformation campaign".

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has dismissed claims by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels that they carried out a large-scale ambush that led to hundreds of deaths and the capture of thousands of prisoners of war.

A source in the United Nations envoy's office told Anadolu Agency that Griffiths will discuss with Houthi leader Abdul Malik al Houthi and other members the prospects for calm between the rebel group and Saudi Arabia.


Al-Malki asserted that in fact the Houthis had been repelled by coalition forces along the Saudi-Yemen border and that over 1,500 Houthi fighters had been killed over the past few weeks.

A Houthi navy spokesman, chatting with journalists in Sanaa, didn't say when the offensive befell however stated it occurred close to Saudi Arabia's southern Najran area, near the border with northern Yemen's Houthi-dominated Saada province.

The UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths has arrived in Sanaa on an unannounced visit, a source at the city's airport revealed.

They said their group obtained information from inside the Iranian government through an intelligence network.

"If Saudi Arabia is really pursuing a change of behavior, Iran welcomes that", Rabiei said. "There could have been more prisoners released but if that's the case, that happened without our support", she added.


The rebels said last month they were halting their missile and drone attacks against Saudi Arabia.

It's a move which could revive efforts to end a war that has sparked the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

It could additionally assist deliver credibility to the Houthis' claims that that they had orchestrated the most important ever assault on Saudi oil services, on September 14, which quickly shut down oil manufacturing and rattled the worldwide financial system. The coalition has not yet responded to the proposal.

Yemen's interior minister earlier denied that the incident had taken place and said video released by the Houthis was old footage.


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