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Fighting Continues in Yemen Despite Cease-Fire, Hadi Rejects Unity Government with Rebels
July 11, 2016
Yemen's president says latest peace plan unacceptable
Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi threatened on Sunday to boycott peace talks with Iran-backed rebels if the UN envoy insists on a roadmap stipulating a unity government that includes the insurgents.
UN-sponsored talks between Hadi’s Saudi-backed government and the Houthi rebels and their allies are scheduled to resume on Friday in Kuwait after a two-week break.
More than two months of negotiations have failed to make headway to end the deadly conflict.
“We will not return to the talks in Kuwait if the United Nations tries to impose the latest proposal by mediator Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed,” Hadi said during a visit to inspect troops in Marib province, east of the rebel-held capital.
Ould Cheikh Ahmed has put forward a peace roadmap that would see the
formation of a unity government and the withdrawal and disarmament of
The government had already expressed doubts this month about the UN-backed efforts.
Hadi’s government wants to re-establish its authority across the entire country, much of which is rebel-controlled, and restart a political transition interrupted when the Houthis seized Sanaa in 2014.
The rebels have conditioned their withdrawal on both sides agreeing on a new president to manage the transition.
In his speech, published on the official sabanew.net website, Hadi insisted that the rebels were using the Kuwait talks to “legitimize their coup d’etat,” and rejected the UN proposal for a unity government.
“The UN has tried to convince us to form a coalition government. We
said we would issue a statement declaring our boycott of the Kuwait
consultations,” Hadi said.
In February last year the Houthis dissolved the government and
parliament and formed their own Supreme Revolutionary Committee to rule
Hadi’s visit to Marib comes as fighting raged on between loyalists and rebels in the province’s northern oil-rich region of Sarwah.
Late Saturday, Saudi-led coalition defense systems intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the rebels at Marib city, a military source said.
Coalition forces have sent military reinforcements including troops, tanks and other armored vehicles into the province in recent days in what military sources described as preparations to retake Sanaa and surrounding areas.
In Nahm, northeast of Sanaa, coalition air raids and fighting have
killed six rebels and three loyalists over the past 24 hours, military
The fighting in Yemen has continued despite a cease-fire coming into effect on April 11.
The following news stories are from the anti-Saudi website, Al-Motamar ( http://www.almotamarenglish.net/9648.htm ):
Saudi air raid on Kutaf district in Sa'ada, Yemen, results in damages to farms and property
Motamar, July 10, 2016
Al-Motamar, Thursday, 07-July-2016
The Saudi air raids and mercenaries continued to breach the
UN-sponsored ceasefire over the past 24 hours in several provinces, a
military official said Thursday.
The Saudi-led coalition warplanes waged on Wednesday five raids on
several areas of al-Maton district in Jawf province.
The Saudi warplanes waged on Tuesday two air raids on al-Hitari Mount
in Haifan district of Taiz province, a local official said.
The Saudi war jets have waged eight air raids on Serwah district and
two raids on Harib-al-Qaramish district of Mareb province, a military
official said Monday.
The Saudi warplanes launched on Monday an air raid on a house in al-Ghail
district of Jawf province, a local official said.
Eight children were died on Sunday due to floods created by the heavy
rains fell in Bani Moslem area in al-Qafer district of Ibb province, a
local official said Monday.
Three children were killed and three others injured by hirelings'
artillery shelling on al-Moton district of Jawf province, a military
official said Sunday.
The national delegation participating in the UN-sponsored Yemeni
consultations being hosted by the State of Kuwait returned to Sana’a on
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