Yemen's Iran-backed rebels to visit war foes Saudi: Multiple sources

AFP , Thursday 14 Sep 2023

Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels are to fly to Saudi Arabia for the first publicly announced visit since a Saudi-led military intervention against them in 2015, government and diplomatic sources said on Thursday.

Displaced Yemenis receive humanitarian aid provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) in the city of Taiz on September 11, 2023. AFP


A Western diplomat in Yemen confirmed the Huthis' visit, saying that it may take place "today", Thursday, or within the next two days.

Ali Al-Qhoom, a member of the Huthis' political council, also announced the visit on X, formerly Twitter.

Saudi officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment from AFP.

Yemen was plunged into war when the Houthis seized control of the capital Sanaa in September 2014, prompting the Saudi-led intervention the following March.

Hundreds of thousands of people have died from direct and indirect causes such as famine in a conflict that has forced millions from their homes and created one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

A six-month ceasefire that expired last October is still largely being observed but moves towards peace have been slow since a Saudi team visited Sanaa in April.

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