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Coalition Foils Houthi Attempt to Target Yemen Parliament with 11 Drones

Coalition Foils Houthi Attempt to Target Yemen Parliament with 11 Drones

Tuesday, 16 April, 2019 - 06:00
Martin Griffiths, UN Special Envoy for Yemen, gives a press conference on the eve of the Geneva Consultations on Yemen at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. EPA file photo
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The Arab Coalition revealed Monday that it has foiled a plot by Houthi militias to target Yemen’s Parliament, which has been holding sessions in the eastern city of Seiyun since last Saturday.

“Since the start of legislative sessions, the Coalition has shot down 11 drones that the Iranian-backed Houthis launched to obstruct the political and parliamentary process in Yemen,” Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.

Meanwhile, UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths announced on Monday that the legitimate government and Houthis have accepted a detailed redeployment plan prepared by General Michael Lollesgaard for phase one of the redeployment in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.

However, the envoy failed to set any deadline for the implementation of such plan.

Addressing a Security Council meeting in New York via video teleconference from Amman, he said, “We will now move with all speed towards resolving the final outstanding issues related to the operational plans for phase two, redeployments and also the issue of the status of local security forces we’re introducing in the coming days.”

Griffiths said that his primary responsibility in the next few months would be to winnow down the differences between the parties so that when they meet, they can be asked to answer precise questions about the nature of the arrangements to end the conflict.

Parliamentary sources in Yemen told Asharq Al-Awsat that Griffiths is expected to visit Seiyun on Tuesday and attend parliament’s session to show UN support for legislative institutions in Yemen.

Other government sources said Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi received a letter from the UN envoy congratulating him on the parliament sessions and admitting that the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement, which was struck between the legitimacy government and Houthis in December, was overdue.

In his letter, Griffiths also reiterated the UN’s seriousness in removing any challenges that might hinder the implementation of the Stockholm deal.

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