WORLD Coalition airstrikes on Yemen decrease after Saudi positive signal at Houthi truce offer

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Coalition airstrikes on Yemen decrease after Saudi positive signal at Houthi truce offer

Xinhua

01:49, October 07, 2019

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Newly recruited Shiite fighters, known as Houthis, mobilize to fight pro-government forces, in Sanaa, Yemen. Roadside bombs disguised as rocks in Yemen bear similarities to others used by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and by insurgents in Iraq and Bahrain, suggesting at the least an Iranian influence in their manufacturing, a report released March 26, 2018, by Conflict Armament Research alleges. The report comes comes as the West and United Nations researchers accuse Iran of supplying arms to Houthis, who have held the country’s capital since September 2014. (Photo: AP)

SANAA (Xinhua) -- Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition against Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen have largely declined over the past three days, according to official reports from both sides on Sunday, just two weeks after the rebels offered a truce to the kingdom to end war.

The number of coalition airstrikes have declined from an average of 40 each day in the previous weeks to nearly six during the past three days, the reports showed.

There were no reports of casualties during the past three days.

On Friday, Saudi Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said on Twitter that "the truce that announced from Yemen is viewed positively by the kingdom, and that what the kingdom seeks."

The Houthis two weeks ago offered a truce initiative to Saudi Arabia, saying they were halting missiles and drone attacks against Saudi Arabia as a gesture of "good will" towards what the Houthis called "a comprehensive halt of war."

The offer came a week after the Sept. 14 missile-and-drone attack on the Saudi-owned largest oil producer Aramco that knocked out half of Saudi oil outputs. Riyadh blamed Iran for standing behind the attack, which Tehran denied.

Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab military coalition against Iran-allied Houthis in Yemen for more than four years in support of the exiled internationally-recognized government of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.


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