Houthis ‘forbid’ UN envoy’s return to Sanaa

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Houthi leader Saleh al-Samad, head of the political council of the militias said that the UN envoy is “forbidden” to return to Sanaa and accused him of bias, demanding the United Nations chose a new envoy who respects the will of the Yemeni people.

This came days after UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed’s motorcade
was shot by Houthi militias during his visit to Sanaa, hindering his mission.

This reflects a new escalation of tensions by the Houthi militias against the UN envoy and a blow to his peace efforts.

Spokesperson for the Houthis, Mohammad Abdul Salam said Cheikh Ahmed abandoned his neutrality and did not respect the resolutions of the United Nations.

This is not the first attack made by the Houthis towards the UN envoy, who have previously criticized him.

Cheikh Ahmed’s last visit to Sanaa last week was met with demonstrations organized by Houthi militias immediately after he left the airport when his convoy was shot.

The UN envoy did not meet with the Houthi delegates during the visit to Sanaa. His mission to discuss new proposals for the handing over of Hudaydah port to a neutral party in order to prevent a military operation failed.