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Saudi: Houthis must disband their militants

Saudi spokesman said Riyadh will reject any peace deal allowing the Houthi militias to hang onto their fighters

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Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri, spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said that any peace deal in Yemen would be rejected, unless it stipulates the disbandment of the Houthi militias and their incorporation into the political life, in accordance with their proportion in the community. This was provided by the UN Resolution 2216.

Asiri added that, despite the need to find a political solution to the conflict, the Saudi Kingdom will reject any agreement allowing the Houthi militias to hang onto their fighters.

Friday, a Coalition airstrike has killed an Iran-backed Houthi militia leader along with 10 others after targeting their convoy in the northwestern city of Saada, Al Arabiya News Channel reported citing sources.

Without providing any further details, the sources said the leader was killed in Saada’s Razah district located in the Burkan region.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army has made advances in Taiz with about 20 militia members allied to the Houthis and deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh killed and wounded after Arab Coalition airstrikes targeted their sites in the southwestern city.

Spokesman for Yemen’s Military Council Gen. Mansour al-Hassani said that the country’s national army was able to recapture al-Taba al-Sawoda, Tabat al-Khilwa, al-Munim Jabal in al-Dhabab region in Taiz.

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