Yemeni Activists Angered by Western Pressure Halting Liberation of Hodeidah City

Frederick Owens
November 19, 2018

Bahrain is a member of the Saudi-led coalition at war with Iran-aligned rebels in Yemen since March 2015.

In September, the United Nations attempted to hold peace talks between the warring parties in Geneva, however, the negotiations never took place, with the Houthi side claiming that the Saudi-led coalition had prevented them from leaving the country.

He said all sides to the conflict, including the Houthis, the Yemeni government, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - another main player in the coalition - as well as the worldwide community want the fighting to end.

Mr Griffiths refused to be drawn on whether the journalist's death had galvanised worldwide efforts to pressure Saudi Arabia to end the Yemen war.

The UN envoy noted he was close to "solving the preparatory issues that will allow us to make this happen".

"A new offensive will be launched because our forces are now positioned in advanced locations and still receiving sporadic Houthi attacks overnight", the source said anonymously.

Political analyst and writer Faris al-Bel warned against the global community working to impose a settlement which will "ensure the armed survival of the Houthi militias in Yemen and as a sectarian dimension and a minority".

The last round of talks in Geneva in September aimed at ending Yemen's nearly four-year-old war were cancelled after three days of waiting for a Houthi delegation, which failed to arrive. Griffiths said he is determined to take advantage of "the worldwide attention and energy" to move toward peace.

Rahbi said he believes the Houthis are not serious about the consultations.

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UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths told the UN Security Council on Friday that he plans to organize a meeting of the conflict-torn country's Central Bank facilitated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) aimed at agreeing on an action plan.

"It was just like tickling a ghost", Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme, told reporters in NY on Friday after returning from a three-day visit to the war-torn, impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.

Aid groups say they were able to get some food into the east of Hodeidah during the pause.

According to the WFP, 18 million people in Yemen are food insecure, and between 12 to 14 million people are severely food insecure.

The United States and other western powers have called for a ceasefire and talks on ending the war, which has unleashed the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Britain's United Nations ambassador, Karen Pierce, said she will circulate a Security Council resolution Monday to address the Yemen crisis and put Lowcock's requests "into practice".

"Of the 28 million Yemenis, we believe that as many as 12 million or more Yemenis - yes, that's right, nearly half of the entire country - are just one step away from starvation", Beasley said.

"We've had enough. It is time to start rebuilding Yemen, and Yemen will need every person in it to be rebuilt".

Hudaida port is the entry point for almost all food imports and humanitarian aid into impoverished Yemen.

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