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UN Peace Envoy to Yemen Resigns As Saudi-Led Aggression Continues

16 April 2015 16:17


The UN peace envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, has resigned, the UN said Wednesday, as the Saudi-led aggression against the Arab poor country continues.

The Moroccan diplomat had been UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy for Yemen since 2012.UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar

Benomar has “expressed an interest in moving on to another assignment,” the UN statement said.
“A successor shall be named in due course,” it added.

A UN official had earlier confirmed to AFP that Benomar had quit his post.

Among the candidates who may take his place is Mauritanian diplomat Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who currently heads the UN Ebola mission in Accra, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Ban “greatly appreciates the tireless efforts Mr. Benomar has made over the years to promote consensus and trust on a peaceful way forward in Yemen,” the UN statement said.

Benomar’s departure came after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for the swift resumption of peace talks and an end to violence in Yemen.

Yemen martyrsEarlier on Wednesday, the Saudi-led warplanes committed new massacre in the province of Saadda.

Sabaa news agency reported that at least 17 people were martyred and 49 others were injured. Among the victims were women and children.

Yemen has been since March 26 under aggression by the Saudi-led coalition, with airstrikes targeting different installations and houses in several areas across the country.

Hundreds of Yemenis have been killed and more others have been injured in the brutal attack.

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