US Ambassador in Yemen Voices Concern to Asharq Al-Awsat over Sana’a Unrest

Smoke rises during the battle between former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's supporters and the Houthi militias in Sana’a, Yemen December 2, 2017. (Reuters)
Smoke rises during the battle between former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's supporters and the Houthi militias in Sana’a, Yemen December 2, 2017. (Reuters)
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US Ambassador in Yemen Voices Concern to Asharq Al-Awsat over Sana’a Unrest

Smoke rises during the battle between former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's supporters and the Houthi militias in Sana’a, Yemen December 2, 2017. (Reuters)
Smoke rises during the battle between former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's supporters and the Houthi militias in Sana’a, Yemen December 2, 2017. (Reuters)

US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller welcomed on Saturday calls for reaching a peaceful resolution to the country’s conflict, while voicing concern over the fighting in the capital Sana’a.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that Washington was very concerned with the reports on the unrest in Sana’a and the possibility of the fall of civilian casualties.

He therefore urged calm and welcomed the calls for a peaceful resolution.

Fighting as been raging in Sana’a between once allies the Houthi militias and supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The violence in the capital and the desperate humanitarian situation confirm the need for an immediate halt in fighting and for all sides to make concessions to end the war, added Tueller.

In wake of the clashes in Sana’a, Saleh announced on Saturday his readiness to open a new chapter of ties with the Saudi-led Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen, thereby ending his alliance with the Houthis.

He said in a televised address that Yemen has had enough violence, calling on all the people to defend the revolt against forces that have for three years wreaked havoc in the country.

He also called on the armed forces to ignore the commands of the Houthis militias.



UN Palestinian Agency Seeks Pushback against Israel's Effort to Disband it 

A Palestinian child navigates through heavy damage to a UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons the day after a nearby house was targeted by Israeli bombardment in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP)
A Palestinian child navigates through heavy damage to a UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons the day after a nearby house was targeted by Israeli bombardment in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP)
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UN Palestinian Agency Seeks Pushback against Israel's Effort to Disband it 

A Palestinian child navigates through heavy damage to a UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons the day after a nearby house was targeted by Israeli bombardment in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP)
A Palestinian child navigates through heavy damage to a UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons the day after a nearby house was targeted by Israeli bombardment in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP)

The head of the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) on Monday called to push back against efforts by Israel to have the organization disbanded.

"Israel has long been critical of the agency's mandate. But it now seeks to end UNRWA's operations, dismissing the agency's status as a United Nations entity supported by an overwhelming majority of Member States," UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini said at a meeting of the agency's advisory commission.

"If we do not push back, other UN entities and international organizations will be next, further undermining our multilateral system."