UN envoy for Yemen ‘very concerned’ about Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia

The UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths expressed grave concern about Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia. (UN/AFP)
Updated 19 July 2019

UN envoy for Yemen ‘very concerned’ about Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia

  • Griffiths also expressed shock at Houthi authorities sentencing thirty prisoners to death recently
  • The UN envoy called on the Houthis to respect laws concerning prisoners and detainees

LONDON: The UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said on Thursday that he is “very concerned” about Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at the UN, Griffiths also expressed shock at Houthi authorities sentencing thirty prisoners to death recently.   

Thirty men were sentenced to death by the Houthis in Yemen last week amid credible allegations that many were tortured during three years of politically-motivated detention, the UN human rights office said. 

The UN envoy called on the Houthis to respect laws concerning prisoners and detainees. 

Griffiths said he held a "productive meeting" with Saudi Arabia's deputy defense minister Prince Khalid bin Salman on Monday in Jeddah.

Tweeting about the meeting, Griffiths said he discussed with Prince Khalid how to keep Yemen out of ongoing regional tensions and how to make progress in the implementation of the Stockholm agreement with the support of the Kingdom.

 

 


Militant group says cease-fire reached to fighting in Gaza

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Militant group says cease-fire reached to fighting in Gaza

  • Spokesman Musab Al-Berim says the Egyptian-brokered deal went into effect at 5:30 a.m. Thursday
  • The fighting broke out early Tuesday after Israel killed a senior commander of the militant group

GAZA: A militant group says a cease-fire has been reached to end two days of heavy fighting with Israel.

Spokesman Musab Al-Berim says the Egyptian-brokered deal went into effect at 5:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) Thursday.

He says the cease-fire was based on a list of demands presented by his group late Wednesday, including a halt to Israeli targeted killings of the group’s leaders.

The fighting broke out early Tuesday after Israel killed a senior commander of the militant group.

There was no immediate comment from Israel.