WITH SAUDIS’ GLOBAL BACKERS BACKING AWAY, YEMENI FACTIONS PREPARE FOR PEACE TALKS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

WITH SAUDIS’ GLOBAL BACKERS BACKING AWAY, YEMENI FACTIONS PREPARE FOR PEACE TALKS

Peace in Yemen could not come at a more crucial time. Yemeni factions are preparing for peace talks in Sweden at the end of November while Saudi Arabia faces intense scrutiny and pressure from its Western allies, as well as possible action from the United Nations Security Council, for leaving nearly 22 million Yemenis requiring urgent humanitarian aid at the mercy of the famine and disease that the Saudi-led coalition has leveraged as weapons of war.

As of July, the coalition’s war against Yemen had killed or injured 37,896 civilians, according to Yemen’s Legal Center for Rights and Development, which tracks civilian casualties. Since then, casualties have skyrocketed by 168 percent as a result primarily of the coalition’s bombardment of the densely populated port city of Hodeida.

Yemen’s revolutionary government, led by Ansarullah, announced that its forces would halt all retaliatory missile and drone attacks against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as the monarchies’ ground mercenaries. “If the alliance of aggression wants peace, we are ready to freeze and stop military operations on all fronts,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said late Sunday night. The Sana’a Ministry of Defense supported al-Houthi’s initiative but stressed Yemen’s right to respond in defense to any aggression from the Saudi-led coalition.

For its part, the Saudi coalition was expected to halt its aerial attacks and ground offensive. By Monday afternoon Sana’a time, however, the coalition had launched various missile attacks on civilian homes in Saada province.

September’s attempt at peace negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland fell short after Saudi Arabia refused to grant flight permission to an Omani plane for transporting the Ansarullah delegation back and forth in a timely fashion. This time, however, the United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has offered to personally escort the Ansarullah delegation to Sweden in efforts to avoid Saudi interference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed here; perhaps Khashoggi did not die in vain, if the eyes of the world are now focused on Saudi Arabia's and the US's war crimes in Yemen.

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