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Yemen update 9\11\2015..UN envoy: Sides to Yemen conflict agree to join peace talks

Friday, September 11, 2015 20:34
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UN envoy: Sides to Yemen conflict agree to join peace talks

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 11 (UPI) — Talks seeking to end the Yemen conflict will resume next week, the United Nations announced Friday.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN special envoy for Yemen, said representatives of the Yemeni government, Houthi rebels and the country’s former ruling party would meet in for UN-mediated peace talks. He congratulated all sides for their willingness to attend.

Houthi militias, backed by Iran, overtook much of the country earlier in the year, ousting President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi. A coalition of Arab military forces, led by Saudi Arabia, sent troops into Yemen and launched airstrikes beginning in March in an attempt to return the exiled president to power. Hadi is among those who will attend the talks.

The discussions will center on a framework for a ceasefire and the peaceful political transition of the government, though prior attempts at a negotiated settlement to the conflict have failed. More than 4,500 people have died since the conflict began, leaving Yemen, among the poorest of Arab countries, in a humanitarian crisis and facing a famine.

Despite the optimism, the coalition sent new troops into Yemen this week in an attempt to recapture the capital city of Sanaa, captured by the Houthis in late 2014, and a coalition airstrike, using Apache helicopters, killed seven rebels in eastern Yemen. Hours later, Houthi rockets aimed at a government headquarters in Marib province landed instead in a crowded marketplace, killing at least 20 people Friday.

Informed Sources: UAE to Recall Conscripts from Yemen after High Fatalities

Informed sources disclosed that the UAE army has decided to recall its conscripts from Yemen after the high death toll of the Emirate forces in the recent attacks of Yemen’s popular forces in Ma’arib province.

“The UAE conscripts will be returned to Abu Dhabi in the coming days,” the Arabic-language Al-Emirate 71 news website quoted an informed source as saying on Friday.

The source noted that inexperienced soldiers will not be sent to Yemen any longer.

He said that the UAE government’s decision comes after tens of Emirati soldiers were killed in Yemen last week.

Earlier this week, security sources disclosed that the Yemeni forces had killed a sum of 300 foreign troops in their last Friday attack on al-Safer military base in Eastern Yemen.

The death toll of the UAE, Saudi and Bahraini officers and soldiers killed in Friday’s arms depot blast at a military base in al-Safer in Ma’arib province stood at 300, Yemeni security sources said.

The revolutionary forces in Yemen said they fired a rocket at a weapons cache in a camp used by “the Saudi-led aggressors” in Ma’arib area.

The Yemeni sources noted that high death toll of the foreign troops was the result of the ballistic missiles blast caused by Yemeni missile attack.

A day later on Sunday, the Yemeni army and popular forces destroyed a big arms depot of the Saudi-led forces in the province of Jizan, Southern Saudi Arabia.

The Yemeni army and Ansarullah fighters attacked the Saudi weapons cache in al-Mosfeq region in Jizan province.

Two Saudi military vehicles were set on fire in the attack and several military men were also killed.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 170 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 5,822 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Arab TV Report Denies Presence of Saudi Troops near Sana’a as Sheer Lie

The pro-Saudi media outlets have intensified their psychological warfare against the Yemen forces by claiming that the kingdom’s forces are very close to Sana’a, a well-known Arabic-language television said.

The pro-Saudi Arab media outlets such as the Arabic service of Sky News are alleging that the Saudi army and pro-Hadi militias have penetrated into al-Dashoush region in Ma’arib province to pave their way towards Sana’a, al-Mayadeen TV reported.

Al-Mayadeen strongly rejected the report by Sky News and other pro-Saudi media about the presence of the Saudi-led forces near Sana’a as sheer lie.

The television said that spreading rumors and psychological warfare against the Yemeni army and revolutionary forces comes at a time when the Saudi troops are struggling for survival in Southern Yemen and while Saudi General Ahmed al-Asiri has said that attacking Sana’a is no priority.

In late August, a senior Yemeni popular commander cautioned that Saudi Arabia is running a media hype about war in Sana’a in a bid to reduce pressure on the Riyadh-led forces in the South.

“The Saudi media hype about Sana’a battle is no more than the enemy’s psychological warfare to help the forces loyal to fugitive president Mansour Hadi who are fighting against the Yemeni forces in the South and the Saudi army in Najran and Jizan to feel less pressure and boost their morale,” a senior Ansarullah commander told FNA.

The commander said that the Saudi enemy has to pass through Southern provinces before opening its path to Sana’a, while it has failed to do so. “Before Sana’a, they should come in control over Ibb, Taez and Damar, but have failed to stretch their control over these provinces.”

He said the Saudi regime does not even know the location or whereabouts of the Ansarullah missiles that target its troops.

“The Yemeni army and revolutionary forces have developed their missile capabilities to adopt a new strategy against the enemy,” the commander added.

Also last month, the Saudi media were running hype about their country’s unreal military gains in Yemen in order to boost the morale of their troops; even they showed fake videos of slain Yemeni forces.

The footage of Saudi Arabia’s false videos came just days after the Yemeni army and revolutionary forces uploaded their genuine videos on their victories in Yemen and Southern Saudi Arabia.

One of the videos titled ‘Saudi Apache helicopter precisely targeted Al-Houthis in Sa’ada Mountains’ was actually a videogame that had even appeared in some pro-Saudi media such as Al-Watan al-Kuwait and al-Manateq al-Wusta.

The fake video came from a computer game named ‘Medal of Honor 2010′. The Arabic subtitle has even been used for the fake video, making the case even more ridiculous.

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