Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Yemeni Rebels: Saudi-Led Coalition Killed Leader's Brother

Yemeni Rebels: Saudi-Led Coalition Killed Leader's Brother

"We don't know where matters are heading", Aden resident Adel Mohammed told Reuters.

"It is heart-breaking that during Eid al-Adha families are mourning the death of their loved ones instead of celebrating together in peace", said Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen.

A Saudi-owned, Dubai-based TV channel, al-Arabiya, said air traffic at the airport was normal.

The rebels control the country's north and Sanaa while government forces hold mainly southern Yemen.

In a statement carried by the Emirates' official WAM news agency, the crown prince during his brief visit backed a Saudi call for an urgent meeting between the warring parties, saying it "embodies the common concern for Yemen's stability".

A member of the southern separatist movement rides an armoured military vehicle in Yemen's Aden on August 11, 2019, following clashes between pro-government forces and separatists.

The Houthis' deputy foreign minister on Saturday said that the Aden events proved Hadi's government was unfit to rule and called for a dialogue with other main powers in Yemen to establish a federation under a "unified national framework". Also on Friday, the rebel Houthis announced the brother of their leader was killed by the Saudi-led coalition.

While the two sides are technically supported by a Saudi and Emirati-dominated military coalition, the Security Belt is largely made up of fighters who oppose President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and seek an independent south Yemen.

"The coalition calls for an immediate ceasefire in the Yemeni temporary capital Aden starting from 1 a.m. on Sunday (2200 GMT on Saturday), and asserts that it will use military force against anyone who violates it", the spokesman said.

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The government has said it will not negotiate with the separatists until they hand over all the military positions they seized.

Ties between the Security Belt and Hadi loyalists have been strained for years, and this week was not the first time they have engaged in armed clashes.

They fought a three-day battle in January 2018 that killed 38 people and wounded 222 others after the government prevented a rally by separatists.

The ministry slammed the global community over its silence, noting that such behavior gives green light to the Saudi-led coalition to go ahead with crimes against Yemeni people.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed called on United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths, who is trying to de-escalate tensions across Yemen, "to deploy efforts and exert pressure" to that objective.

"We are decreasing our staff numbers in Aden until we can determine that we can safely perform all our tasks once more", United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq said in NY on Monday.

More than 70 people, including civilians, have been killed, AP news agency reported, citing Yemeni security officials.

Griffiths wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that he was "alarmed by the military escalations in Aden". The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.

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