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Yemen’s Houthis announce 3 days ceasefire after Saudi attacks

Yemen announces ceasefire. A day after the statement was released, a wave of drone and missile strikes hit targets across Saudi Arabia.

Yemen’s Houthi faction has declared a three-day ceasefire, with the possibility of a permanent ceasefire if the Saudi-led coalition’s operations against the impoverished country are halted.

The statement was released by the officials a day after a wave of drone and missile attacks hit targets across Saudi Arabia, including an oil plant near the Formula One track in Jeddah, causing hell.

On Saturday, at least seven individuals were killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes at Sanaa and Hodeidah.

According to the Houthis, an attack was planned against a gasoline station, power plant, and social insurance office in the capital.

Yemen's Houthis suspend strikes on Saudi Arabia for three days | ReutersThe Houthi political commander, Mahdi-al-Mashat, then announced a three-day cessation of missile drone assaults and all military measures.

“This is a serious offer with concrete initiatives to repair confidence and take all parties from the negotiating table to the action table,” alMashat added.

And we are ready to make this announcement as our final and permanent commitment if Saudi Arabia commits to ending the siege and permanently ending the attacks on Yemen,” he said.

According to Saudi media, the Saudi-led coalition launched attacks on Sanaa, the capital of Houthheld, just hours after the Houthis announced the ceasefire.

 

UNSC condemns Houthi cross-border raids against Saudi, calls for ceasefire  – Middle East MonitorAccording to Saudi media, the Saudi-led coalition launched air assaults on Sanaa, the Houthi-held capital, just hours after the truce proclamation.

The airstrikes, which took place about midnight, targeted “Houthi camps and strongholds” in the city, according to Saudi Arabia’s Al Ekhbariya TV.

Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned assaults on civilian targets in Saudi Arabia and Yemen on Saturday.

“The secretary-general strongly condemns the recent escalation of the conflict in Yemen, including the Houthis’ aerial attacks on civilian and energy facilities in Saudi Arabia on Friday, and the subsequent coalition airstrikes in Sana’a, reportedly killing eight civilians, including five children and two women,” said spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

Everything You Need To Know About The Attacks On Saudi Arabia's Oil  Facilities (Updated)Deal to be closed

According to Annelle Sheline, a Middle East research scholar at the Quincy Institute in the United States, the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels may be close to a long-term compromise.

“I believe the Saudis would be wise to accept the Houthi agreement,” she told Al Jazeera from the United States.

“The Houthis suggested the three-day agreement may be extended provided Saudi Arabia lifts its blockade of Yemen and stops its attacks,” Sheline added.

“This would be fantastic for the Saudis, who have indicated for a long time that they want out of this conflict,” she remarked. This could be their chance to finally stop pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into this campaign to ruin Yemen.”

Sheline went on to say that Houthi rebel air attacks get significantly more attention than the Saudi-led coalition’s air raids, which are a daily occurrence in Yemen.

The ceasefire was announced on the seventh anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen to defend the government after the Houthis, who are backed by Iran, took the capital Sanaa in 2014.

DRC | YemenTens of thousands of people, primarily civilians, have died as a result of the violence, and millions more are facing starvation and disease.

According to Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV, the coalition also issued the Houthis a three-hour ultimatum to withdraw weaponry from Sanaa airport and two Red Sea ports on Saturday, without saying the time of the deadline.

The escalation comes as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) prepares to convene negotiations between the warring parties later this month.

The Houthis have excluded Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia and the seat of the GCC’s headquarters, as the venue for the talks and announced that they will not hold talks in “the hostile country.”

Edited by Prakriti Arora

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