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Ceasefire in Yemen to take effect on December 14: Houthis

Muhammad Abdul Salam, the spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says a ceasefire is to take effect in the country on December 14, ahead of the UN-brokered peace talks.

“Based on what has been agreed upon, there will be a halt to the aggression on the 14th of this month,” Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam said on Saturday, referring to the deadly Saudi campaign against Yemen.

The Ansarullah official, who was briefing journalists in the capital, Sana’a, said the Houthis and their allies are determined to attend the December 15 negotiations in Switzerland to press for the demands of the Yemeni nation in talks with representatives of the fugitive former president of Yemen, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a staunch ally of the regime in Riyadh.

Abdul Salam, however, regretted that the UN has not taken into consideration some of the remarks made the Ansarullah and allies in the draft of the meeting.

“We are in constant coordination, together with the General People's Congress party, and we will all go with a national will aimed at stopping the aggression and lifting the siege,” he said, referring to the party of Yemen’s long-time leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is currently allied with the Houthis.

People gather around a crater caused by a Saudi airstrike in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, on November 29, 2015. (AFP photo)

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said on December 7 that both the Houthis and the supporters of Hadi have agreed to attend the talks in Switzerland in a bid to end the Saudi-imposed war.

Sources in Hadi’s office have confirmed that Riyadh would halt the deadly airstrikes against Yemen before the opening of the UN talks.

On March 26, the Saudi military launched its campaign in an attempt to undermine the Houthis and bring Hadi back to power. More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured ever since.

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