UN peace move in Ye­men un­der threat

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Ye­men’s Houthi rebels on Sun­day boy­cotted a meet­ing chaired by the head of a Un-led cease­fire mon­i­tor­ing team in the flash­point city of Hodei­dah, ac­cus­ing him of pur­su­ing “other agen­das.”

The Houthis also threat­ened to launch more drone at­tacks.

Re­tired Dutch gen­eral Patrick Cam­maert is lead­ing a joint com­mit­tee, which in­cludes both gov­ern­ment and rebel rep­re­sen­ta­tives, tasked with over­see­ing a truce in the Red Sea port city and the with­drawal of both par­ties.

Houthi rebel ne­go­tia­tor Mo­hammed Ab­del­salam said Cam­maert “steered from the course of the agree­ment by im­ple­ment­ing other agen­das.”

“If (UN en­voy to Ye­men Martin) Grif­fiths does not ad­dress the is­sue, it is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to dis­cuss any other mat­ter,” he said on Twit­ter with­out elab­o­rat­ing.

A pho­tog­ra­pher said that the Houthi rep­re­sen­ta­tives did not take part in the com­mit­tee meet­ing in Hodei­dah on Sun­day.

The UN de­clined to com­ment. Houthi spokesman Yahya Sarea said Thurs­day’s drone strike on a mil­i­tary base in La­haj prov­ince, was a “le­git­i­mate op­er­a­tion.”

He said the move­ment was build­ing a stock­pile lo­cally man­u­fac­tured drones.

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