Houthis call US proposal to end conflict in Yemen a gamble

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Houthi rebels from the Ansar Allah movement called the proposal of the US special envoy for Yemen Tim Landerking to end the conflict in this country “an adventure leading to a worsening of the situation”. This was reported on Saturday, March 13 by the Al-Jazeera TV channel, citing a Yemeni source.

According to Linderking, the United States and its allies in the Middle East have developed a ceasefire plan that includes a full-scale ceasefire from two sides: the Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, stops air strikes, and the Houthis launch drones to strike the kingdom.

It also provides for the start of operation of the international airport in Sana’a, which has ceased to operate since the outbreak of hostilities in 2015, and permission to import fuel into Yemen through the port of Hodeidah on the Red Sea. In addition, the United States is calling for a return to negotiations.

Since August 2014, a civil war has been waged in Yemen between government forces and the Houthis. Since March 2015, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been participating in hostilities on the side of the internationally recognized government. The agreements that the parties to the conflict reached at the end of 2018 at the talks in Sweden have not been implemented.

On February 16, the United States removed the Houthis from the list of terrorist groups. The decision was linked to the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen. The US State Department stressed that the Houthi leaders will remain under sanctions imposed in connection with actions that threaten the security and stability of Yemen. Russia welcomed the decision of the American authorities.