Yemen almost free of Houthis says govt spokesman

Exiled Yemeni government spokesman Rajeh Badi says country is almost free of Houthi presence after rapid expansion and advances in south

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Yemeni government spokesman Rajeh Badi has said there are only three cities left in Yemen to be freed from the grasp of the Iranian backed Houthis and that advances by the national army are backed by the Saudi-led coalition and pro-Hadi popular resistance committees.

The three cities left to be liberated are Sanaa, Amran and Saada, according to Badi.

"We call on the Houthis to understand the lesson after their defeat in most of Yemen’s cities," he told Anadolu Agency, speaking from Doha, Qatar.

"We urge them to implement UN Security Council resolution 2216," he said, adding that "any solution outisde the Security Council resolution is completely unacceptable."

UNSC Resolution 2216 was drafted on April 14 before being endorsed by 14 countries at the United Nations Security Council. It was drawn up by members of the Saudi-led anti-Houthi coalition and submitted by Jordan.

The war in Yemen started when Houthi aggression pushed Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to call on Arab countries to “help save Yemen.” King Salman of Saudi Arabia responded to the call and a military operation by the country started in late March of this year. The Saudi-led operation was named "decisive storm" operations and involved 12 other countries joining forces to aid the exiled Yemeni government.

The UN has declared the situation in Yemen to be a level-three humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, after about 80 percent of the country’s population fell into dire need of humanitarian aid.

Twenty million people in the country are in need of aid, 13 million are facing food shortages and 9.4 million are having difficulties accessing drinking water.

TRTWorld and agencies