MADRID, Nov. 29 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The United States has called on the Houthis to “immediately cease” their attacks on ports in Yemen and has warned that these events “only pose a risk of plunging Yemenis into another useless cycle of violence and suffering”, after the rebels have carried out attacks against port facilities after denouncing the “smuggling” of fuel by the international coalition led by Saudi Arabia.
“At this crucial moment, we remind the Houthis that the Yemenis are asking for peace, not a return to war,” said a spokesman for the US State Department, after confirming that the US special envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking, initiated the a trip to Oman and Saudi Arabia on Sunday “to support ongoing peace efforts.”
Thus, it has stressed that the attacks against Yemeni ports “affect the flow of much-needed resources and increase suffering throughout Yemen.” “We call on the Houthis to seize this opportunity for peace, cooperate with the United Nations and accept that the only way forward to end eight years of destructive warfare is through a Yemeni-led, inclusive and negotiated settlement.”
The rebels have carried out several drone strikes against Yemeni ports in recent weeks and the rebels’ head of Military Intelligence, Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim, warned on November 10 that a naval confrontation with the coalition “could be one of the battles fiercest” since the beginning of the conflict.
The war in Yemen pits the internationally recognized government, now represented by the Presidential Leadership Council and supported by the aforementioned international coalition, against the Houthis, backed by Iran. The Houthis control the capital, Sana’a, and parts of the north and west of the country.
The United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, is trying to bring the parties closer together to relaunch the peace process, after the truce agreed in April on the occasion of the start of Ramadan and extended several times expired in October. subsequently.