Yemen Houthis: Only political solution can end war

2018-12-05 21:51:06

Senior Houthi leader Abdul Malik al-Ajri says the land, sea and air blockade must be lifted on Yemen at upcoming talks in Sweden.

Al-Ajri said that the Houthis are hoping to discuss a range of issues at the talks, including the drafting of a new constitution and the decentralization of power.

"We are hoping these negotiations will help end the war," al-Ajri said, reaffirming that, "We will be calling for the land, sea and air blockade imposed on Yemen [by Saudi Arabia and the UAE] to be lifted, and for restrictions on goods entering the country to be lifted."

Saudi Arabia has led a coalition fighting against the Houthis since March 2015, months after they toppled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government.

Last month, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman refused to accept a British-proposed ceasefire to be discussed in the upcoming meeting with Yemen in Sweden.

Salman has also threatened to target women and children in Yemen irrespective of international criticism that the Saudi-led alliance attacking Yemen is targeting civilian facilities and critical infrastructure in the conflict-plagued Arab country.

Washington and London have been two major sponsors of the Riyadh-led war, which is estimated to have left 56,000 Yemenis dead.

The Saudi-led offensive, coupled with a naval blockade, has destroyed Yemen's infrastructure and led to famine in the import-dependent state.

About 8.4 million Yemenis are now facing starvation. The number is likely to increase to 14 million.