YEMEN NEWS BRIEF – Oct. 7, 2019

Houthi chief negotiator calls Riyadh’s truce overture into question

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Spokesman and Chief Negotiator for Yemen’s Ansarallah, Mohammed Abdul-Salam remarked at a meeting with British Ambassador to Yemen Michael Aron that Riyadh had yet to respond clearly to Sana’a latest offer of a truce.

 

Yemeni government, separatists close to deal on ending Aden stand-off

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Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and southern separatists are close to a deal that would end a power struggle in the southern port of Aden and see Saudi forces take temporary control of the city, three sources familiar with the negotiations said.

Saudi Arabia, leader of an Arab coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi movement, has been hosting indirect talks for a month between the government of Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) to end the stand-off that had opened a new front in the multi-faceted war.

The STC is part of an alliance that intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to restore Hadi’s government after officials fled the capital, Sana’a. But the separatists, who seek self-rule in the south, turned on the government in August and seized its interim seat of Aden.

Two Yemeni government officials told Reuters that Riyadh submitted a proposal to include STC in Hadi’s government, while Saudi troops would deploy in Aden to oversee formation of a neutral security force in the city.

“There is progress in the Jeddah talks. The conversation is still ongoing and it is about bringing STC into the government, de-escalating tensions and redeployment of forces,” a third source familiar with the talks said on Monday.

The STC’s Security Belt forces tweeted on Monday that an agreement could be signed in the next few days.

UAE provides urgent aid to Yemen’s flood-stricken areas

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The UAE has provided emergency shelter and food assistance to those affected by floods south of Hodeidah, west of Yemen, and to displaced people in Yemen’s Red Sea Coast.

The Emirates Red Crescent responded to calls for help from local authorities and citizens whose houses were destroyed by heavy rains in villages west of Ad Durayhimi district.

The assistance included food baskets and tents which are being used as temporary housing by families unable to afford the reconstruction of their houses.

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