Yemen rebels announce plan to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia
PTI Updated on September 21, 2019
Yemen’s Huthi rebels have announced that they planned to halt all attacks on Saudi Arabia as part of a peace initiative to end their country’s devastating conflict.
Mehdi al-Mashat, head of the Huthis’ supreme political council, announced in a speech on Friday night marking the 2014 rebel seizure of the capital Sanaa “the halt of all attacks against the territory of Saudi Arabia”.
He added that he hoped “the gesture would be answered by a stronger gesture” from the Saudis, according to the rebels’ Al-Masirah television channel.
The announcement comes after a wave of drone strikes last weekend on Saudi oil installations knocked out half of the kingdom’s production and sent shock waves through energy markets.
The Huthis claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Riyadh’s ally Washington has placed the blame on Iran, which backs the Yemeni insurgents.
The rebels have repeatedly targeted key Saudi infrastructure in recent months in cross-border attacks.
Saudi Arabia has so far not directly accused any party of carrying out Saturday’s attacks, but said authorities have launched an investigation to determine the culprits.