Houthis seeking to derail talks after hindering Sanaa evacuation process

Sources confirmed that UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, who arrived just hours prior to Sanaa airport, voiced his dissatisfaction with the Houthi militia’s unwillingness to fulfill its promises. (File photo: AFP)

Diplomatic sources confirmed that the Houthis sought to derail upcoming peace talks after failing to abide by the agreements concluded with the UN, the Arab coalition and the legitimate Yemeni government regarding the evacuation of 50 injured militants from Sanaa.

The sources pointed out that Houthi seniors, close to the leader of the militias Abdulmalik al-Houthi intervened in the last hours to exchange some of the injured tribesmen with other cousins and relatives his, causing the delay of the international plane’s departure.

Sources in Sanaa airport asserted that the Houthi militia refused, without giving any reasons, to transport the injured among their ranks to Sanaa airport who were supposed to be transferred to Oman via the UN carrier which arrived on Monday to Sanaa airport.

The sources also confirmed that the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, who arrived just hours prior to Sanaa airport, voiced his dissatisfaction with the Houthi militia’s unwillingness to fulfill its promises.

He considered the Houthi’s delay in transporting the injured to be in line with their absence and efforts to evade the Sweden peace consultations, as well as their previous disruption of the recent Geneva consultations.

Early today, the coalition for the legitimacy in Yemen declared its intentions to facilitate the transfer of the wounded Houthis and their companions to Muscat today through the United Nations plane on request of the UN envoy and in coordination with the Yemeni legitimate government. Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki stated that a UN plane will arrive on Monday to the airport East of Sanaa to evacuate the wounded, along with 50 escorts, three Yemeni doctors and a UN doctor from Sanaa to Muscat.

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