The Houthi armed group yesterday called for a truce to stop fighting during the holy pilgrimage of Hajj, Al Alam News reported.
Chair of the Supreme Yemeni Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, called for fighting in all areas in Yemen to stop during the holy months in Islam, including Dhul Hijjah. He went on to say the Yemeni people should not be banned from performing Hajj for any reason and called upon Saudi Arabia to initiate a truce.
The religious pilgrimage of Hajj begins on 30 August and ends in the first week of September.
Calls made for a Saudi-Houthi truce come at a time when the Houthis have increased ballistic missile attacks inside Saudi Arabia, posing a security threat to pilgrims. The most recent attack was intercepted 69 kilometres from Mecca, where the pilgrimage takes place.