Under study: Truce to let aid reach needy

Adel Al-Jubeir
Adel Al-Jubeir

Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir. (SPA)

The coalition waging an air campaign against Houthi militia in Yemen is considering a truce to allow humanitarian relief, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said Monday.

The Kingdom will consult members of the coalition on “finding specific areas inside Yemen… where all air operations will be paused at specific times to facilitate the delivery of aid,” Al-Jubeir said.

The UN has repeatedly warned that Yemen faces a major humanitarian crisis and calls have been growing for efforts to increase aid deliveries.

Al-Jubeir disclosed Saudi Arabia’s plans to establish a center on its territory to coordinate all humanitarian aid efforts with the UN, donors and other relevant agencies. He warned the rebels against “taking advantage” of any pause in the bombing.

Saudi Arabia “will deal with any violations in connection with the suspension of airstrikes or movements that hinder humanitarian efforts,” he said.

In another development, Senegalese foreign minister announced his country would send 2,100 troops to join the coalition.

Yemen’s Foreign Minister Riad Yassine, meanwhile, said that special forces troops fighting the Houthis in Aden were Yemenis deployed there two weeks ago, not foreign troops.

Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said the national dialogue is likely to take place in Riyadh on May 17.


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