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Yemen FM Calls on Int’l Community to Exert More Pressure on Houthis

Yemen FM Calls on Int’l Community to Exert More Pressure on Houthis

Wednesday, 13 March, 2019 - 07:15
Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled Alyemany meets with French Ambassador to Yemen Christian Testot. (Saba news agency)

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled Alyemany called Tuesday on the international community to exert more pressure on the Iran-backed Houthi militias to implement the Stockholm agreement.

Speaking during a meeting in Riyadh with French Ambassador to Yemen Christian Testot, Alyemany said his government is committed the truce deal while Houthis continue to create unfounded excuses to avoid implementing the deal that was reached between the warring parties in December.

He praised France's support for the legitimate government, political process and humanitarian efforts in Yemen, Saba news agency reported.

For his part Testot was quoted by official sources as saying that his country was closely monitoring the efforts to implement the Stockholm agreement.

The ambassador confirmed Paris’ support for the political settlement to the crisis based on the agreed to terms of reference.

Separately, the Houthis attacked the government's representatives at the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) in Hodeidah, in a clear violation of the ceasefire agreement.

“Houthis fired Katyusha rockets on government’s representatives as they were meeting with field commanders to discuss the implementation of the redeployment plan as agreed with the UN peace envoy Martin Griffiths,” a source in the government's team said, Saba news agency reported.

The source accused the militias of working persistently to obstruct any positive efforts exerted by the government to save the Stockholm deal.

They said the attack against the government team "was not the first and may not be the last."

In a related development, tribal sources said Tuesday that Houthis killed tribal leaders from Hojour, in the Kashar district in the northern province of Hajjah.

The sources confirmed that after controlling areas in Bani Saeed in western Kashar, militias killed several tribal leaders, including Sheikh Ali Fallat al-Hojouri and his brother Hamza, Sheikh Moahmmed Mahmoud al-Omari, his sons and Moahmmed al-Hadi, after they refused to surrender.

Reports of their killing came amid conflicting news about the whereabouts of Salafi leader Abu Muslim al-Hojouri.

The sources said Houthis have also arrested Sheikh Zaid Arjash and his son, after he was injured in clashes between the resistance and Houthis in Bani Saeed.

Since December, Houthis have been shelling the Hojour district, a mountainous area that is 2,500 meters above sea level and that creates a natural fortress against attacking forces. 

Meanwhile, members of the Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violation and other civil society organizations handed over to the head of the UNHRC and to the OHCHR a statement on Houthi ballistic missile attacks on the villages of Hojour during the past two months.

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