RIYADH, (BM) – The official representative of the pro-Saudi coalition, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, announced the cessation of the military operation against the Hussite movement Ansar Allah in Yemen on Wednesday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Al Arabia television.
The ceasefire will be valid for two weeks, starting from 12:00 on Thursday, and should prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Yemen. Moreover, not a single case of the disease has been officially registered in the country.
Colonel al-Maliki did not rule out that the ceasefire could be extended and would create the conditions for preparing for the meeting of UN Special Representative Martin Griffiths with the Yemeni government, the military coalition and the Hussites.
As early as March, the main participants in the conflict in Yemen agreed to the call of UN Secretary General António Guterres for a humanitarian cease-fire to fight against coronavirus worldwide. Then he called for an immediate cessation of the military campaign in Yemen and a focus on negotiations in order to achieve a political settlement of the conflict.
The conflict between Saudi Arabia – Yemen Hussites
In 2014, the Hussites, Shiite-born northern Yemen, carried out a coup and seized power in the northern provinces of the country, including the capital, the city of Sana’a. In turn, the internationally recognized government and President Mansour Hadi moved their residences to the city of Aden, located on the southern coast of Yemen.
In connection with the further military successes of the Hussites and their active promotion to the south of the country, in 2015, Saudi Arabia led the coalition of Arab countries and launched the ground-based military operation “Tempest of Determination” in support of the official government.
The reason for such great concern for Saudi Arabia was the threat that the Hussites would reach the coast of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, the most important sea transport corridor through which Saudi oil tankers pass.
This happened also because Hussites are protected by Iran – an enemy of the Sunni countries of the Islamic world and, above all, Saudi Arabia.
In addition, it is worth noting that other forces are taking part in the Yemeni conflict. Among the largest forces is the UAE-supported Southern Transitional Council (STC), which is in an ambiguous relationship with official Yemen and is committed to the independence of southern Yemen.
Also in Yemen, there is a large terrorist organization, al-Qaida on the Arabian Peninsula, which controls large areas of central Yemen.
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