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Iran lauds Ansarullah’s three-day truce as gesture of good faith to end Yemen war

Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh (Photo by IRNA)

Iran has praised as a gesture of good faith the announcement of a three-day truce by Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement against the Saudi-led coalition.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement on Tuesday that the initiative conveys a strong signal about the firm wiliness to end the Yemen war and lift the oppressive siege against the Yemeni people.

“The plan, presented in good faith by Sana’a, contains a strong message about the [Yemenis’] strong will to end the war, lift the oppressive siege against the people, and resolve the political crisis in Yemen,” he said.

The truce offer can pave the way for ending the ongoing war in case the Saudi-led coalition deliberates over it seriously and positively, Khatibzadeh noted.

“As the holy month of Ramadan draws near, we hope to see an end to the conflict and a national reconciliation in Yemen through prioritizing humanitarian issues and advancing the exchange of prisoners,” the senior Iranian diplomat added.

Chairman of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat on Saturday evening announced the suspension of retaliatory missile and drone attacks and all military actions against Saudi Arabia for a period of three days.

“This is a sincere invitation and practical step to rebuild trust and take all the sides from the arena of talks to the arena of acts,” Mashat said.

On Monday evening, the leader of the Ansarullah resistance movement urged the Riyadh regime to seize on the group’s announcement of a three-day truce with the Saudi-led alliance to immediately halt all military operations and the brutal siege against the impoverished country.

“There is no chance for the countries waging the aggression against Yemen to escape our retaliatory attacks and get out of the current predicament unless they end the onslaught, lift the all-out blockade, and end occupation,” Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said.

Houthi warned the Saudi-led coalition against losing the opportunity provided by the three-day truce, calling on Saudi Arabia and its allies to agree to a permanent ceasefire. “You will be regretful if you miss the chance,” he asserted.

The truce came a day after a wave of drone and missile attacks hit targets across Saudi Arabia.

The spokesman for Yemeni armed forces said in a statement aired by the Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni troops had carried out a large-scale offensive, dubbed Operation Breaking the Siege III, against a number of vital and sensitive targets deep inside Saudi Arabia, using domestically-developed ballistic and winged missiles as well as combat drones.

Brigadier General Yahya Saree stated that Yemeni troops and their allies pounded high-value sites in the Saudi capital Riyadh, energy facilities in the strategic Jizan and Najran regions, as well as an Aramco fuel distribution station in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah among others.

Launched in late March 2015, the war on Yemen was aimed at crushing the Ansarullah resistance movement and re-installing the former Riyadh-friendly regime in the Yemeni capital Sana’a within weeks, but Riyadh continued the war after failing miserably.

The Saudi-led coalition has been mainly using airstrikes to attack Yemeni targets, including residential areas in the capital Sana’a and elsewhere around the country. The coalition has received logistical and intelligence support from the United States, Britain, and France.

In recent months, there have been serious escalations in the still-asymmetrical war, as the Yemeni armed forces pushed forward with and broadened their retaliatory strikes, bringing the war into Saudi and Emirati soil. In turn, Saudi Arabia has intensified its air raids and tightened its siege on Yemen by seizing its fuel tankers on several occasions.

Because of the war and the accompanying siege, Yemen is now facing the worst man-made catastrophe in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the course of the war.

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