UN Envoy Says Growing Momentum to End Yemen War

Reports coalition airstrikes down 80 percent in past two weeks

UN Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths is reporting that he sees growing momentum for reaching a deal to end the five year long war in Yemen, saying he sees signs “something is changing” in Yemen.

Griffiths cited improvements to the ceasefire, and developments to end in-fighting in south Yemen. In particular though, he saw a major decline in coalition airstrikes against the Shi’ite Houthis, calling it a “reduction in the tempo of war.”

He reported an 80% decline in coalition airstrikes, over the past two weeks. While that is significant, the fact that it is only over two weeks means it might end up being a blip in a protracted war, or representative of a shift in priority.

It’s not just the coalition though, as Griffiths noted that the Houthis have continued a promised halt to missile and drone strikes on Saudi Arabia, potentially opening both sides toward working on a ceasefire.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.