Arab League chief re­it­er­ates call for po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion in Ye­men

15 Ye­meni rebels, 8 sol­diers killed in clashes

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Any so­lu­tion to the Ye­meni con­flict should be po­lit­i­cal and ad­here to the Gulf ini­tia­tive as well as the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2216, the Arab League’s top of­fi­cial said on Mon­day.

The Arab League’s Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ah­mad Abul-Gheit said that the prin­ci­ples imbed­ded in “the Gulf ini­tia­tive, Na­tional Di­a­logue Con­fer­ence and UN Res­o­lu­tion 2216 can pro­vide a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion to the con­flict in Ye­men,” read a state­ment by the Arab League.

In a meet­ing with the UN’s Spe­cial En­voy for Ye­men Is­mail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Abul-Gheit un­der­scored dis­mal hu­man­i­tar­ian con­di­tions in the war-torn na­tion, amid a cholera out­break that has spi­raled out of con­trol.

The Arab League’s Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral com­mended the UN Spe­cial En­voy for Ye­men’s ef­forts to “pre­vent fur­ther vi­o­lence” in the im­pov­er­ished na­tion.

Else­where, ad­dress­ing an assem­bly of per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the Arab League, in­clud­ing Kuwait’s en­voy to the re­gional bloc Ah­mad AlBakr, Ould Cheikh Ahmed of­fered an ex­pla­na­tion over the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in Ye­men.

Mean­while, the King Sal­man Cen­ter for Re­lief and Hu­man­i­tar­ian Aid (KSCRHA) has sent 220 tons of med­i­ca­tions to Ye­men’s Saada Gov­er­norate, a Ye­meni min­is­ter has said.

The drugs will then con­tinue their jour­ney to the prov­inces of Am­ran, Ma’rib and other Ye­meni prov­inces, Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Chair­man of the Higher Com­mit­tee on Re­lief in Ye­men Ab­dul­raqib Saif Fatah, made the state­ment on Sun­day on the side­lines of launch­ing the third phase of the “Kuwait by your side” cam­paign.

For his part, Chair­man of Kuwait’s Higher Re­lief Com­mit­tee Abu Is­mail Al-Qurashi said the Kuwaiti re­lief ef­forts would con­tinue un­till Ye­men gets over its hard con­di­tions.

The “Kuwait by your side” cam­paign of­fers ur­gent re­lief to Ye­men cov­er­ing ed­u­ca­tion, food, wa­ter, health and shel­ter.

In other news, at least 15 Ye­meni rebels and eight sol­diers were killed Mon­day as gov­ern­ment forces at­tacked in­sur­gent po­si­tions in two ar­eas in the south­west of the coun­try, mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said.

Loy­al­ists at­tacked Shi­ite Houthi rebels and their al­lies, rene­gade troops loyal to ex-pres­i­dent Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh, at Heess, on the road link­ing the city of Taez with Hodeida port, on the Red Sea coast, of­fi­cials said.

The at­tack aimed to block the road lead­ing to the rebel-held port, the of­fi­cials said.

The sec­ond at­tack tar­geted rebels in Al-Hameli area, north of the port of Mokha, which was re­cap­tured by gov­ern­ment forces in Fe­bru­ary as part of a ma­jor on­go­ing of­fen­sive to drive rebels from the lengthy Red Sea coast­line.

Sev­eral sol­diers were wounded in the clashes, of­fi­cials said.

War­planes from the Saudi-led Arab coali­tion backed gov­ern­ment forces in the at­tacks, of­fi­cials said.

The coali­tion mounted a mil­i­tary oper­a­tion against the rebels in March 2015 as in­sur­gents closed in on Pres­i­dent Abedrabbo Man­sour Hadi in his south­ern refuge in Aden forc­ing him to flee to Riyadh.

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