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Yemen’s Houthis ‘extend hand for peace,’ says senior official

Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al-Jaber in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 10 April 2019 [@CSOAsstSec/Twitter]
Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al-Jaber in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 10 April 2019 [@CSOAsstSec/Twitter]

A senior official in the Houthi-affiliated government revealed yesterday that the group has contacted Saudi Arabia through intermediaries to contain the recent military escalation between the two parties.

“We extend our hand for a comprehensive peace that produces complete, undivided solutions,” Minister of Information Dhaifullah Al-Shami told Al-Jazeera.

The Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al-Jaber, told The Wall Street Journal that his country does not intend to escalate the current situation with the Houthis, adding that the kingdom is holding daily talks with the group to end the war.

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He explained that the Saudi-led coalition’s recent air strikes on Houthi military sites in the capital, Sanaa, came in response to the Houthi escalation.

On Monday the Houthi group said that the air strikes on Sanaa resulted in the death of one civilian whilst two others were wounded.

Earlier on Sunday the Saudi-led coalition announced that Saudi air defences intercepted two ballistic missiles above the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh, and the southern city of Jizan.

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