Saudi-led coalition wants to prepare political ground for Yemen peace process

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Turki Al Maliki, spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition, said no military operations had been carried out near Sanaa or any other Yemeni city.
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DUBAI (Reuters) – The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi militia in Yemen said Thursday it had stopped carrying out attacks near Sana’a or any other Yemeni city because it wanted to prepare the political ground for a peaceful settlement.

The statement, made by the spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition and released by Saudi state media, follows media reports of an attack on an armored division belonging to the Houthis aligned with the Iran near the Yemeni capital.

Spokesman Turki Al Maliki denied the information, adding that “no military operations have been carried out near Sanaa or any other Yemeni city during the last period (..) with the aim of to prepare the political ground for a peace process.

Meanwhile, the Houthi administration has started renovations at Sana’a airport, two industry sources said, as the group that owns most of northern Yemen prepares for a possible reopening of the installation as part of the UN-led peace efforts.

A Saudi-led coalition has controlled Yemen’s airspace since 2015, when the alliance intervened against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that overthrew the internationally recognized government in the capital, Sana’a.

The coalition spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its agreement to reopen the airspace and allow the airport to resume regular operations.

Industry sources told Reuters that construction has started in parts of the airport, which has been closed since 2015, except for UN flights.

He has been targeted dozens of times by coalition airstrikes over the past six years. The military alliance says the facility is used for arms smuggling.


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