Dec 17, 2019 20:00 UTC
  •  Houthi calls for lifting of air embargo on Sana'a airport, end to Saudi-led attacks

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement has called on the United Nations to work out effective mechanisms aimed at ending the air embargo on Sana'a airport, which has already taken its toll on the Yemeni civilian population, as well as the devastating Saudi-led military campaign against the country.

During a meeting with the UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths in the Yemeni capital Sana’a on Monday, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi underlined his group’s firm stance on peace in Yemen, saying Ansarullah is acting seriously and responsibly in this regard.

He also pointed to the sufferings of Yemeni people as a result of the ongoing Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and the siege, stressing the need for an end to the attacks and lifting the blockade of Sana'a airport.

“The humanitarian situation in the country is critical. Sana'a International Airport as well as residents of al-Durayhimi city (in the western coastal province of Hudaydah) are still under siege by the Saudi-led coalition,” the Ansarullah leader stated.

Houthi also touched down on the repeated violations of a UN-backed agreement signed between Ansarullah representatives and delegates loyal to the Riyadh-sponsored government of Yemen’s ex-president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, in Sweden last year, saying the UN should focus more on the implementation of the accord.

Ansarullah delegates and Hadi loyalists held a round of peace negotiations in Rimbo, north of the Swedish capital city of Stockholm, last December. The talks resulted in the announcement of a breakthrough agreement.

The document includes 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’iz.

On Saturday, the spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces warned against the continued violation of Sweden Agreement, saying such infringements have led to the deaths and injuries of hundreds of civilians.

Brigadier General Yahya Saree said the Saudi-led coalition and its mercenaries continue to flout the agreement and keep on implementing escalatory steps in the strategic Red Sea port city of Hudaydah, stressing that such actions will have dire repercussions.