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Saudi-led coalition using all means to prolong aggression, suffering of Yemeni nation: PM

Abdulaziz bin Habtoor made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting Director of Operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Martin Schüepp, in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a on Sunday evening.

He said that Riyadh and its allies are drawing on their financial, diplomatic and media resources to plunder Yemen’s energy reserves and steal the proceeds of its sold oil derivatives.

Bin Habtoor lauded the humanitarian activities of the ICRC and its efforts to alleviate the suffering of Yemenis.

He also praised the Geneva-based humanitarian organization for facilitating a prisoner exchange between Yemen’s National Salvation Government and Saudi-backed Takfiri militants.

Schüepp, for his part, said that the ICRC attaches great importance to the Yemeni conflict and has placed it atop its humanitarian projects.

He noted that the organization will spare no effort to undertake new projects within the framework of its contribution to the UN and international humanitarian agencies and will help assuage the suffering of the Yemeni people.

Saudi-led coalition violates Hudaydah truce 50 times in 24 hours

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and its allies have stepped up their attacks in breach of a UN-brokered truce in the port city of Hudaydah, violating the truce deal dozens of times.

The official Saba news agency reported that the mercenaries of the Saudi-led alliance continued violations of the ceasefire in Hudaydah, taking advantage of the commitment of the Yemeni Army Forces and fighters from the Popular Committees to exercise restraint and not to respond to their successive violations.

It said the coalition infringed upon the truce 50 times in the past 24 hours.

An unnamed military official said eight artillery shells were fired at residential areas and the positions of the Army and Popular Committees.

Several flights of armed Saudi-led reconnaissance aircraft in the skies of Hays and Maqbana districts were recorded as well.

He added that Saudi-led troops and their mercenaries also fortified their positions around the Maqbana district.

Delegates from the popular Ansarullah resistance movement and representatives loyal to former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi attended the peace negotiations in Rimbo on the outskirts of Stockholm in December 2018. The talks resulted in the announcement of a breakthrough agreement.

The document included three provisions: a ceasefire along the Hudaydah front and the redeployment of armed forces out of the city and its port; an agreement on prisoner exchange; and a statement of understanding on the southern Yemeni city of Ta’izz.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states.

The objective was to reinstall the Riyadh-friendly Hadi regime and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen.

While the Saudi-led coalition has failed to meet any of its objectives, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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