Warring parties in Yemen agree to meet in Sweden — UN envoy

Leroy Wright
November 19, 2018

"The war has taken its toll over four years, but the economic crisis will accelerate that damage in just a matter of months".

The war has killed more than 10,000 people and created the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with disease and hunger rife. Officials say this is meant to bolster peace talks.

He recounted his experience of having tried to bring a smile to the face of a young patient in a hospital overwhelmed with malnourished children in Yemen's capital city of Sana'a.

On November 9, Yemeni forces - backed by the Saudi Arabia and UAE-led coalition - announced a "vast offensive" to capture Hodeidah from Huthi control.

"We support a peaceful solution in Yemen and we support the efforts of the United Nations special envoy to Yemen", Jubeir told a press conference, in which he separately said the Khashoggi case should not be politicized. "No one warned the coup against its aggression- instead embassies were evacuated and Yemenis were left to their fate", Political analyst Abdul Aziz al-Majidi said while accusing Western countries of having double standards when addressing the Yemeni warring parties.

He also said: "We have to seize positive global momentum to resolve the Yemen crisis peacefully, we are working to bring together both sides of the conflict to resolve the crisis through dialogue".

"This is a crucial moment for Yemen".

Griffiths said preparatory issues for the meeting are close to being resolved and he has sent the parties his "vision" for "U.N. -led, inclusive Yemeni negotiations to end the war and restart a political transition process". The Saudi-led coalition allied with the government has been fighting the Houthis since 2015.

Thousands of civilians are at grave risk from both sides' use of indirect explosive weapons such as mortars and artillery, said Amnesty. The Houthis have fired long-range missiles into Saudi Arabia and targeted vessels in the Red Sea.

"My heart is breaking after what I saw at the hospital in Hodeidah", said Beasley.

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The US now supplies Saudi Arabia with billions of dollars' worth of tanks, airplanes and ammunition, and offers in-flight refueling and other logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition operating in Yemen. "I will also be happy to travel myself, if necessary, with the delegation to the consultations", Griffiths said.

According to the WFP, 18 million people in Yemen are food insecure, and between 12 to 14 million people are severely food insecure.

"That may not yet be classified as starvation, but we are marching toward disaster", Beasley said.

That number has doubled in the previous year and a half and the situation is getting even worse, largely because of the collapse of Yemen's economy and the sharp decline in its currency, he said.

Beasley estimated $200 million (€175 million) per month would be needed to stabilize the currency and fend off economic collapse. "Let the children live and let the people start to rebuild their lives", Beasely said. In the name of humanity, I urge all warring parties to put an end to this horrific war.

Earlier this week, pro-government forces suspended an offensive on the rebel-held port of Hodeidah, a major entry point for humanitarian aid and vital goods to Yemen.

Minutes later the British ambassador to the United Nations said she would circulate a Security Council resolution on Monday calling for a humanitarian truce.

"This war must end soon and it won't end on the battlefield", US Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Cohen told the council, renewing a US call for a cessation of hostilities and talks.

Hodeidah-based residents told Xinhua that they had heard exchanges of fire between the Houthi rebels and the government soldiers during the two-day temporary pause of fighting in the city. "We are prepared to do that, we do not want to do that, but if that's what it takes we will do it", he said.

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