No letup in Houthi attacks: Al-Assiri

No letup in Houthi attacks: Al-Assiri
Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri. (SPA)
Updated 17 September 2016

No letup in Houthi attacks: Al-Assiri

No letup in Houthi attacks: Al-Assiri

JEDDAH: Saudi forces have prevented attacks on Jabal Dukhan in Jazan region by terrorists from Houthi-occupied Yemeni territory. Twenty-four attackers were killed and 30 others injured in the attacks.
Most of the attackers were Republican Guard personnel loyal to deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The Saudi-led coalition spokesman, Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri, confirmed on Friday that each day Saudi soldiers kill Houthis and Saleh’s followers in battles along the borders.
“The attempts of Houthis to infiltrate Saudi border regions haven’t stopped,” said Al-Assiri. He said the Houthis had lost many of their leaders in these incursions.
Al-Assiri’s comments come after footage and images of a parade held by women loyal to the Houthi movement circulated on social media. The footage showed children and women carrying rifles and heavy artillery as they paraded in trucks, declaring support for the terrorists.
In a related development, a senior US diplomat has presented a proposal for a comprehensive cease-fire in Yemen. The proposal was submitted to Houthi representatives at a meeting in Oman, a source close to the Houthis told Reuters on Thursday.
Negotiators will return to Houthi-occupied Sanaa on Friday carrying the plan offered by US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon in talks in Muscat, the source said. Shannon met with the Houthi representatives, officials of the allied General People’s Congress party and an Omani mediator in Muscat on Sept. 8-9.
In Washington, US officials said the plan was an “extension of the efforts Secretary (of State John) Kerry initiated in Jeddah.”
The source did not disclose any details of the proposal. Kerry said in Saudi Arabia on Aug. 25 that he had agreed in talks with Gulf Arab states and the UN on a plan to restart peace talks on Yemen with the aim of forming a unity government.