Arab League chief reiterates call for political solution in Yemen
15 Yemeni rebels, 8 soldiers killed in clashes
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.