They were supposed to start four days ago. Postponed by violations in truce. Talks sponsored by the UN. In over a year of conflict there have been 6400 deaths and nearly 3 million displaced. The presence of Al Qaeda and Daesh "allies" of the Saudi coalition. The Sisters of Mother Teresa and the kidnapping of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil.
Kuwait City (AsiaNews) - A delegation of Houthi rebels left the Yemeni capital yesterday travelling to Kuwait to participate in peace talks sponsored by the UN. The dialogue was supposed to start four days ago but was postponed because the rebels have accused the enemy coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, of violating the cease-fire in place since 11 April.
In reality, both groups have violated the truce in recent days. In the last 24 hours 16 rebels and three government soldiers have been killed in clashes in Nahm, in the northeast region of Sanaa. Other clashes took place in Marib (east of the capital).
For over a year the Saudi led coalition has been trying to quash the the Houthi rebels, who have managed to win over different parts of the territory and take control of the capital Sanaa. President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled first to Aden, has now taken permanent refuge in Riyadh.
The Houthis are fighting for greater autonomy, and for more political rights and are allies of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The conflict is seen by analysts as yet another "proxy war" between Saudi Arabia, which supports Hadi, and Iran, which supports the Houthis.
Many of the high-precision weapons used by the Saudis come from the US arsenals, which also offer intelligence services to Riyadh.
The United Nations says that in more than a year of conflict, at least 6400 people have died and almost 3 million have been forced to flee their homes.
The war has been made more violent by the presence of radical Islamist groups such as Al Qaeda and Daesh (the Islamic state), who are fighting against the Houthis and target the population. Victims of their fundamentalism also include four sisters of Mother Teresa killed in Aden on March 4 and Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, the Salesian priest kidnapped more than a month ago, whose fate remains unknown.
The Saudi led Arab coalition fighting in the country included among the black list of countries that violate children's rights. According to the United Nations 785 children have died in the conflict in Yemen, 60% because of Riyadh’s air raids. Houthi rebels have recruited 72% of the 762 child soldiers.
The UN special envoy speaks of friendly atmosphere in the talks, being held in Kuwait City, but adds that in the first week, there has been no positive developments. Distances remain between the parties and there were no face to face meetings. Offensive against al Qaeda in the south. Jihadis lose control of Al-Mukalla.
The US State Department indicates again the Islamic Republic as a major player in the pro-terrorist world. Tehran responds highlighting its role in the fight against jihadist groups in Iraq, Syria. It points to its solidarity with the Palestinian people "occupied" by Israel with American consent.
Promoted by the Houthis, who occupy the capital and large areas of the north of the country. Former President Saleh also present. He called crowd to resistance. One demonstrator: "In the streets against the Saudi aggression." A criminal court close to Shiite rebels issues death sentence for Hadi in absentia.
Fighting between rival factions supported by Saudi Arab and UAE intensifies in the province of Aden to the south of Taez. Allies against the Shiite Houthi rebels, are actually waging a bloody fight and civilians are paying the price. The desire for independence of the people, ready to fight against any invader.