Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement says Saudi Arabia and its allies continue to violate the terms of a UN-brokered truce, stressing that 12 Yemeni soldiers got killed in one month along border areas.
Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the spokesman of Ansarullah and head of Yemen’s national negotiating delegation, told Reuters news agency on Tuesday that the violations of the truce were “regrettable”.
“We stress the importance of entering into a phase of serious peace by all parties, so that the requirements of comprehensive and just peace are achieved,” he added.
‘Saudi-led coalition must build trust with Yemen’
Meanwhile, Mahdi al-Mashat, the head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, said the Saudi-led coalition must abandon its hostile practices against Yemen and move toward promoting peace and dialogue.
He made the remarks in a Monday televised speech on the anniversary of Yemen’s September 26 Revolution Day, which set the stage for the creation of the modern Republic of Yemen by overthrowing the Saudi-backed rulers of northern Yemen in 1962.
“Initiatives developed to end the ongoing conflict in Yemen must ensure the full and unconditional restoration of our rights and result in the elimination of all forms of hostilities among all walks of the society,” Mashat said.
He also called for the immediate removal of the cruel siege against Yemen and quick adoption of confidence-building measures as regards humanitarian and economic issues.
Saudi Arabia launched the war of aggression against Yemen in March 2015, enlisting the assistance of some of its regional allies, including the United Arab Emirates, as well as massive shipments of advanced weaponry from the US and Western Europe.
The Western governments further extended their political and logistical support to Riyadh in their failed bid to restore power in Yemen to the former Saudi-installed government.
The former Yemeni government’s president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, resigned in late 2014 and later fled to Riyadh amid a political conflict with Ansarullah. The movement has been running Yemen’s affairs in the absence of a functioning administration.
The war further led to the killing of tens of thousands of Yemenis and turned the entire nation into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.