Yemen government sets conditions for Houthi rebels talks

Toni Houston
January 9, 2018

The Houthis said Aqeeli and several of his aides were injured in the blast, describing Aqeeli's injuries as serious. "The air defence of the army and popular forces (Houthi fighters) shot down a Saudi-led coalition combat aircraft today", read a report on the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency.

Saudi warplanes have been such a common sight over northern Yemen it seems nearly impossible how few Yemeni anti-aircraft weaponry have actually managed to target.

A Saudi warplane from the coalition battling rebels in Yemen crashed on Sunday because of "technical failure", the coalition and state media said, adding that both crew were rescued.

The Saudi-led coalition began its military campaign in Yemen almost three years ago in an attempt to propel ousted President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi back to power and to prevent Houthi rebels from taking control of the country.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

The coalition also imposed air and sea blockade to prevent weapons from reaching Houthis, who had invaded the capital Sanaa militarily and seized most of the northern Yemeni provinces.

He also condemned the awkward silence of the United Nations and worldwide community on the ongoing Saudi war crimes against the Yemeni people.

The impoverished Arab country is also suffering the world's largest cholera epidemic since April, with about 5,000 cases reported every day.

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