Saudi Arabia has announced an offer for a cease-fire to Yemen’s Houthi rebels a cease-fire as part of the latest attempt by the Kingdom to stop the war.
The new peace initiative would include a nationwide ceasefire under UN supervision and the reopening of air and sea links
The Saudi Foreign Minister, Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, made the statement via Riyadh on Monday.
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The initiative includes the reopening of Sanaa airport and would allow fuel and food imports through Hodeidah port, both of which are controlled by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.
The Houthis have demanded the lifting of an air and sea blockade as their main pre-condition before any peace deal.
The move by Saudi Arabia follows Yemen’s Houthi rebels stepping up a campaign of drone and missile attacks targeting the kingdom’s oil sites, and this shaking global energy prices a little.