U.S. tries to push for new peace deal in Yemen

Cheryl Sanders
August 30, 2016

"This war needs to end as quickly as possible", Kerry told reporters after a meeting with Gulf counterparts, British Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, Tobias Ellwood, and United Nations Secretary-General's envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in Jeddah. He said Saudi Arabia has the right for self-defense in the backdrop of missiles being launched by the Iran-backed militias into the Kingdom's territories.

According to the report, airstrikes by the Saudi-led, US -backed coalition were responsible for 60 percent of the 2,067 civilians killed in the conflict over a year-long span starting on July 1, 2015.

Earlier, the Yemeni Saba news agency, controlled by Houthi rebels fighting Saudi Arabian-led forces in Yemen, cited "an unidentified military source" as saying a single missile was sacked into Saudi Arabia. Previous UN-sponsored negotiations to end the war in Yemen fell apart earlier this month.

Those talks were suspended when the Shiite Houthi rebels and forces loyal to their ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, appointed a council to govern Yemen.

Houthi forces then advanced from Sanaa towards the south, seizing large parts of Yemen and sending current Sunni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi into exile.

Saudi Arabia has pounded Yemen nearly daily since March 2015, with internal sources putting the death toll from the military aggression at about 10,000. It also continues to sell Saudi Arabia weapons.

The most recent of these attacks, in Hajjah province, killed 19 and left 24 wounded.

Last week, Saudi Arabia's Capital Market Authority (CMA) issued new rules allowing foreign investors to buy shares directly in IPOs.

KELEMEN: The U.N. human rights official says the main thing is to ensure that these attacks stop happening. Human Rights Watch and the New York Times editorial board have both come out against the sale. That was echoed by Teresa Sancristoval of Doctors Without Borders, who says four of her organization's medical clinics and one ambulance have been hit in Yemen in the past year and a half.

TERESA SANCRISTOVAL: We have 19 people dead and 24 injured.

After Reuters filed the report, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said in a statement that, "Even as we assist the Saudis regarding their territorial integrity, it does not mean that we will refrain from expressing our concern about the war in Yemen and how it has been waged".

On Thursday, Kerry said the Houthis must cease shelling across the border with Saudi Arabia, withdraw from the capital Sanaa, hand over their weapons including the ballistic missiles and enter into a unity government with their domestic foes.

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