UN evacuates wounded Houthis

Envoy to Yemen lands in capital Sana’a ahead of talks
Wounded rebels were flown out of the Yemeni capital Sana’a on Monday for medical treatment, a critical step towards bringing warring parties to planned UN-brokered negotiations in Sweden. The UN-chartered flight had taken off at 6.00 p.m. (1500 GMT) for Oman carrying 50 wounded rebels, their escorts and a team of doctors, said a security source at Sana’a International Airport. The UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, meanwhile landed in Sana’a on a separate plane to meet the Houthi rebels. A UN source confirmed wounded rebels had been evacuated from the Yemeni capital in what was a “confidence-building measure” aimed at pushing ahead with negotiations between the Houthis and the coalition this month. The evacuation marks a key step in kick-starting stalled negotiations as world powers press for an end to the devastating conflict that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine. Saudi Arabia and its allies, who back Yemen’s embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, had agreed to allow for the evacuation of 50 wounded combatants, 50 escorts and a team of Yemeni and UN doctors to the Omani capital early on Monday morning — a condition set by the Houthis for negotiations.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/un-plane-evacuates-wounded-houthis/article25658734.ece

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