Houthi leader killed in clashes amid Yemen talks

A Yemeni tribesman from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President, aims his weapon as he holds a position during fighting against Houthi militias and their allies on June 27, 2016. (File photo: AFP)

A Houthi leader was killed in clashes on Friday, sources of Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The death of the leader, Mohammad Daoudi, came after Yemen’s prime minister said on Friday in Kuwait - where peace talks are being held - that the situation in the country will change in the coming days on both a political and military level.

Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr stated that the changes will be in conjunction with the 15-day notice made by the Kuwait, where the UN-sponsored peace talks are hosted, to the warring sides to come to an agreement.

The prime minister did not disclose further details of the changes, but stressed that all parties involved are aiming to defend Yemen and protect the country.

Kuwait has issued an ultimatum to the warring parties to strike a deal within 15 days or leave the Gulf state.

Three months of UN-brokered talks in Kuwait have failed to make headway with the Iran-backed Houthi militias and the government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, both holding firm to their positions.

“We have given 15 days for Yemeni sides taking part in the talks to resolve all the issues,” Kuwait’s deputy foreign minister Khaled al-Jarallah told Al Arabiya News Channel late Wednesday.

“If matters are not resolved within the 15 days, we have hosted them enough and consequently our brothers have to excuse us if we cannot continue hosting” the talks, Jarallah said in Brussels.

The talks resumed in Kuwait on Saturday.

UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said on Saturday that the negotiations would last for two weeks and warned that they may be Yemen’s last chance for peace.

(With AFP)

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