Yemen Raids Halted To Push Peace Efforts: Saudi-led Coalition
Riyadh, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 11th Jun, 2021 ) :The Saudi-led coalition fighting Huthi rebels in Yemen said Thursday it had stopped carrying out attacks there in order to pave the way for a peaceful settlement.
The statement comes amid growing diplomatic efforts for a ceasefire agreement after more than six years of devastating conflict.
It also follows reports that the coalition had struck a Huthi armoured division near the rebel-held capital Sanaa Thursday.
AFP correspondents in the city heard loud explosions and saw smoke rising in the sky.
The de-escalation is aimed at "preparing the political ground for a peace process in Yemen", he added.
It blamed the rebels for the attack.
The government-run Saba news agency said the Huthis had launched two ballistic missiles and two booby-trapped drones targeting a mosque in a residential area, a women's prison, and ambulances that were rushing to the scene after initial strikes.
Among the casualties were medics and women, it added.
On Saturday, a similar strike killed at least 14 civilians at a petrol station in the city.
The effort to secure peace in Yemen comes after Saudi Arabia and regional rival Iran restarted talks in April, with their first high-level meeting since Riyadh cut diplomatic ties with Tehran in 2016.
The UN says Yemen is suffering the world's worst humanitarian crisis as its years-long war rumbles on, with tens of thousands killed, millions displaced and two thirds of its 30-million population dependent on aid.