Saudi Arabia offers cease-fire plan to Yemen rebels

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Saudi Arabia introduced a plan Monday to provide Yemen’s Houthi rebels a cease-fire within the nation’s yearslong conflict and permit a significant airport to reopen in its capital, the dominion’s newest try to halt preventing that has sparked the world’s worst humanitarian disaster within the Arab world’s poorest nation.

The transfer by Saudi Arabia follows Yemen’s Houthi rebels stepping up a marketing campaign of drone and missile assaults focusing on the dominion’s oil websites, briefly shaking international vitality costs amid the coronavirus pandemic. It additionally comes as Riyadh tries to rehabilitate its picture with the U.S. below President Joe Biden. Saudi Arabia has waged a conflict that noticed it internationally criticized for airstrikes killing civilians and embargoes exacerbating starvation in a nation on the point of famine.

Whether such a plan will take maintain stays one other query. A unilaterally declared Saudi cease-fire collapsed final yr. Fighting rages across the essential metropolis of Marib and the Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes as lately as Sunday focusing on Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. A United Nations mission stated one other suspected airstrike hit a food-production firm within the port metropolis of Hodeida.

The Houthis didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

“It is up to the Houthis now,” Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan advised journalists in a televised information convention in Riyadh. “The Houthis must decide whether to put their interests first or Iran’s interests first.”

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