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Halt to Saudi-Led Coalition Attacks Meaningless without End to Siege on Yemen: Ansarullah Official


Halt to Saudi-Led Coalition Attacks Meaningless without End to Siege on Yemen: Ansarullah Official

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A member of Yemeni Ansarullah movement’s political bureau said the Saudi-led coalition’s announcement that it would halt its offensive on Yemen is not enough, stressing that the siege on the impoverished country must also stop.  

Mohammed al-Bukhaiti said a halt on the military attacks would be meaningless without an end to the blockade of Yemen.

The siege on Yemen is considered a military measure because it has been imposed on Yemen by force, he said.

Yemenis are suffering more from the outcomes of the blockade than those of the war, Bukhaiti stated, adding that Yemen’s military operations will therefore continue until the siege is broken.

 The coalition claimed on Tuesday that it would halt the offensive on Wednesday.

Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the coalition, made the announcement on Tuesday.

He alleged that the coalition would “take all steps and measures to make the ceasefire successful ... and create a positive environment during the holy month of Ramadan to make peace and end the crisis.”

The military campaign, which has enjoyed unstinting arms, logistical, and political support on the part of the United States, has been seeking to reinstate Yemen’s former Riyadh- and Washington-friendly officials.

The offensive has stopped short of its goals while killing hundreds of thousands of Yemenis in the process and turning the entire Yemen into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The coalition’s announcement came after Yemen’s Supreme Political Council announced a voluntary and unilateral three-day pause in retaliatory strikes against targets in Saudi Arabia.

Making the announcement, Mahdi al-Mashat, head of the council, said that in line with the decision, Yemeni forces would stop all missile and drone strikes against Saudi Arabia for the stated period.

Sana’a would be prepared to “make the ceasefire permanent” if Saudi Arabia stopped its attacks against Yemen, lifted a simultaneous blockade that it has been exercising against the country, took all foreign forces out of Yemeni soil and waters, and stopped supporting local militants, Mashat noted.

Back in 2019, the two sides entered an agreement in Stockholm, Sweden to observe a ceasefire over the coastal province of al-Hudaydah, which receives the bulk of Yemen’s imports.

The coalition, however, never stopped bombarding the province, and keeps confiscating the vessels that arrive there carrying direly-needed fuel supplies.

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