Saudi Arabia is Part of Yemen War, Can’t be Mediator: Official

A Houthi official said that Saudi Arabia is part of the war in Yemen and it can’t be a mediator, an objection following the Gulf Arab initiative to hold consultations among Yemeni warring parties in Riyadh, the capital city of the Kingdom.

“Riyadh is a party in the war not a mediator,” Reuters quoted head of the Houthi supreme revolutionary committee, Mohamed Ali al-Houthi as saying.

Reuters citing two Gulf officials reported that the Saudi-based Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is considering inviting the Houthi movement and other Yemeni parties for consultations in Riyadh this month as part of an initiative aimed at backing UN-led peace efforts.

Meanwhile, Saudi-led coalition fighter jets bombarded Abas, Haradh, and Hiran regions in Yemen’s Hajjah province in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The Saudi coalition fighters also targeted the cities of Al-Jubah and Al-Wadi in Ma’rib province 3 times, the towns of Khub and Al-Shaf in Al-Jawf province 2 times, and the Najran once.

Moreover, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grunberg has called for immediate action to reduce tensions and the fuel crisis in Yemen.

“I am well aware of the urgent need to stop the violence and provide assistance to the Yemenis, and so I am currently discussing with the parties the need for urgent action to reduce tensions as well as the fuel crisis,” Grunberg said Tuesday.


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