Yemen: The United Nations envoy for Yemen has welcomed an offer from the country’s Houthi rebels to halt all attacks on Saudi Arabia.
The Houthi plan to cease drone and missile attacks in Saudi Arabia “could send a powerful message of the will to end the war,” Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said on Saturday.
The Yemeni rebel group made the announcement as part of a peace initiative a day earlier, saying that “war is not in anyone’s interest.”
Implementation of the initiative by the Houthis “in good faith could send a powerful message of the will to end the war,” special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said.
The Iran-backed Houthis, who control the capital Sanaa and other parts of Yemen, have been fighting against a Saudi-led coalition that supports the country’s internationally recognised government in a devastating five-year war.
The Houthis’ announcement comes after a wave of drone strikes last weekend on Saudi oil installations, which knocked out half of Saudi Arabia’s production and sent shock waves through energy markets.
The attacks were claimed by Houthis, but the US says it has concluded the strikes involved cruise missiles from Iran.