Saudi-coalition threatens military operation on Sanaa if Kuwait talks fail

Published May 13th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
An overview of the highly-contested Sanaa, Yemen. (AFP/File)
An overview of the highly-contested Sanaa, Yemen. (AFP/File)

If the UN announces the failure of peace talks in Kuwait aimed at ending the year-long war in Yemen, the country’s internationally recognized government will launch a military operation to enter the capital Sanaa, said the Saudi-led military coalition on Tuesday.

Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Asiri, the coalition spokesman, defended the presence of coalition troops in Yemen, saying it was meant to protect the Yemeni people, not invade the country or take its resources.

He said coalition forces used precision-guided munitions to hit targets to avoid harming civilians. Iran-allied Houthi rebels and Yemen’s Saudi-backed government are trying to reach a peace deal in Kuwait.

Following a two-day interruption, the two delegations resumed face-to-face talks on Monday. 

Meanwhile, a suicide bomber killed at least eight people and wounded 17, including a senior commander, when he rammed a car laden with explosives into a government military convoy traveling in eastern Yemen on Wednesday.

The official said that six soldiers and two civilians died in the attack near the city of Al-Qatan on the convoy of Gen. Abdul-Rahman Al-Halili, head of Yemen’s First Military Region.

Al-Halili, who was on his way to inspect Yemeni government forces when the attack took place, suffered medium injuries in the attack, the official added.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but Al-Qaeda and Daesh militants have repeatedly carried out attacks against Yemeni military and security forces in southern and eastern Yemen in recent months.

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