Houthi Leader: Saudis Shouldn’t Miss Chance for a Ceasefire

Houthis offered three-day truce Saturday

Top Houthi leader Abdelmalek al-Houthi issued a statement Monday warning the Saudi-led coalition not to miss the chance for a proper ceasefire in Yemen. The Houthis declared a three-day truce on Saturday, after some Friday strikes.

That ceasefire didn’t materialize, and the Saudis launched airstrikes against the capital city of Sanaa, as well as the port of Hodeidah. The strikes killed at least eight in Sanaa, hitting an insurance building.

The three-day truce might be missed, but the much bigger opportunity is yet to come, with the UN trying to broker a proper ceasefire for the holy month of Ramadan. This runs concurrently with April this year, and the Houthis have seemed positive on that ceasefire.

Recent reports have suggested a major prisoner exchange is coming soon, and combined with a ceasefire, that could be a good step toward getting peace talks going. Houthi’s comments on not missing a ceasefire are more likely referring to the current ceasefire offer for Ramadan, and not the weekend one which would be over anyhow.

Author: Jason Ditz

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