Saudi raids, siege hinder solution to Yemen conflict: Ansarullah
A leading member of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement sees the chances of a political solution to the ongoing conflict in his country too weak as long as Saudi Arabia pushes ahead with its military campaign against the Arab nation.
Speaking to reporters following a meeting with international mediators in Oman on Saturday, Ansarullah’s spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam emphasized the need for an end to the Saudi military strikes as well as its humanitarian siege on Yemen before any political solution could be found.
He emphasized that political agreements can’t be made under a short-term ceasefire.
Ansarullah’s representatives have been meeting and holding talks with international envoys in the Omani capital, Muscat, to advance efforts aimed at resolving the conflict in Yemen and working out an end to the deadly Saudi offensive.
Late on Saturday, Saudi fighter jets struck a building in the Harad district of the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah. There were no immediate reports on possible casualties and the extent of damage inflicted.
Moreover, Saudi military forces fired a barrage of rockets at areas close to the border between the oil-rich kingdom and Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada, though no fatalities were reported.
Saudi troopers also lobbed a number of mortar shells at the al-Dhaher district of the same province. It was unclear whether anyone lost their life or sustained injuries as a result.
Additionally, unidentified assailants gunned down Abdulrahman al-Qousi, a member of the General People’s Congress political party, in Yemen’s southern al-Bayda Province. The attackers fled the scene and their whereabouts remain unknown.
Saudi warplanes also bombarded various areas in Yemen’s Hajjah Province and the western province of Sana’a. No reports about the possible casualties and damage were immediately available.
Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to the country’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
Over 3,000 people, including 1,500 civilians, have been killed over the past three months in Yemen, according to the UN.