Ansarullah urges UN action for pause in Saudi strikes on Yemen
A leading member of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has called on the United Nations (UN) to speed up its efforts for implementing a humanitarian truce in the war-torn country.
Ansarullah’s spokesman Mohammad Abdulsalam said Saturday that he has held a meeting with the UN special representative for Yemen in which he renewed calls for establishing a ceasefire for delivering aid to the people affected by Saudi Arabia’s three-month-long military campaign against Yemen.
In a post on his Facebook page, Abdulsalam said he had discussed in a Friday meeting with Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed ways of achieving a ceasefire in Yemen until the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The Ansarullah member said the European Union special envoy to Yemen as well as the German ambassador to the country also attended the meeting, which took place in the Omani capital of Muscat.
The three sides have reportedly agreed on a mechanism for delivering humanitarian aid to people across Yemen if the UN pledge for hammering out a truce materializes.
Other reports on Saturday said the UN envoy has intensified negotiations with top officials in Saudi Arabia to convince them about Yemen’s urgent need for a humanitarian pause.
The United States and the European Union voiced similar concerns on Thursday about the deteriorating situation in Yemen, calling on the sides to the conflict to let food and medicine reach those in need across the impoverished country.
The EU also called on Riyadh to reduce its restrictions on the entry of ships to the Yemeni ports.
Saudi Arabia has been pounding different areas in Yemen since March 26 without any authorization from the United Nations and regardless of international calls for the cessation of its deadly campaign against the Arab country.
The main objective behind the Saudi aggression against Yemen are to weaken the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
The UN says at least 2,600 people have been killed and 11,000 others wounded in the Saudi military campaign in Yemen.