US calls for halt to the Saudi-backed war in Yemen

Enough is enough. That’s the message from the United States to the warring parties in Yemen.

Washington wants a halt to more than three years of combat between Houthi rebels and the Saudi-UAE-led coalition supporting Yemeni government troops.

James Mattis, the US defence secretary, is calling for a ceasefire by the end of the month.

The United Nations is welcoming the US appeal to replace combat with compromise.

But Washington’s message to Saudi and Emirati allies could fall on deaf ears.

Thousands of reinforcements have been sent this week to the rebel-held city of Hodeidah – the major port for the massive amounts of food and aid needed to keep millions of Yemenis from starving to death.

But with many failed peace efforts in the past, will this time be any different?

Presenter: Richelle Carey


Eric Eikenberry – Yemen Peace Project

Hussain Albukhaiti – Yemen affairs specialist

Sigurd Neubauer – Middle East specialist

Source: Al Jazeera News

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