Published: Wed, October 02, 2019
World Media | By Camille Neal

Damaged Oshkosh Vehicles Buttress Yemeni Claims of Attack on Saudi Arabia

Damaged Oshkosh Vehicles Buttress Yemeni Claims of Attack on Saudi Arabia

Tuesday's statement by the rebels says Abdul-Malek al-Houthi called for the Saudi-led coalition battling his group to "stop the aggression and lift the blockade" following the rebels' own moves to deescalate the conflict.

The UN special envoy for Yemen said he hoped the Houthis' step would lead to further releases by both sides.

The leader of Yemen's Houthi rebels has met with United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths in the capital Sanaa to discuss reviving peace talks to end the country's four-year-old stalemated war.

Iran-backed Shi'ite Huthi rebels fighting in nearby Yemen claimed responsibility for the attacks on the longtime USA ally, which has militarily supported Yemen's government.

Ahead of the Red Cross announcement, the Houthis said they planned to release 350 prisoners, including three Saudis.

Oshkosh-made M-ATV vehicles seen in a video footage released by Yemeni Houtis may provide a hint to their claim that they destroyed Saudi military vehicles in an attack launched on Sunday in Najran, a city along Saudi-Yemeni border.

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It was reported over the weekend that Saudi Arabia had agreed to end its bombing campaign in some parts of Yemen in an attempt to kickstart political talks on the country's future. Each side was meant to release around 7,000 prisoners.

United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths also welcomed the initiative and called on all parties to ensure the safe return of the released detainees to their homes.

Most of the prisoners were taken in raids since 2014, when the rebels overran the capital, Sanaa, and much of the north, pushing out Yemen's internationally recognized government and ushering in the civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people. Houthi fighters are shown apparently launching attacks on coalition troops, clashes that left what appears to be corpses in Saudi military uniforms.

The top general also rejected claims that Iran has provided the Arab country with missiles, saying, "Today, Yemen is under a complete blockade (by Saudi Arabia), which has blocked all paths and prevented the delivery of food and even medicine". Two of those men, speaking to the camera, said they were from Saudi Arabia.

Tensions between Riyadh and Tehran have soared since the Iran-backed Houthis claimed responsibility for strikes on Saudi oil installations that knocked out half of the OPEC kingpin's production.

Iran's proposal for "Coalition of Hope" does not condition the security of the region to the presence of non-regional powers, Rabiee said in his weekly press conference.

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