Houthis travel to Jordan to discuss lifting siege on Yemeni city
Sanaa, May 23 (SocialNews.XYZ) Yemen’s Houthi militia said it had sent representatives to Amman, the Jordanian capital, to attend a UN-sponsored negotiation on lifting the siege on the city of Taiz as part of the ongoing truce.
The delegation left Sanaa on a UN plane, the Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday citing Houthi-run al-Masirah TV.
The government-controlled city of Taiz has been under siege since civil war erupted in Yemen in late 2014.
Lifting the blockade on Taiz would facilitate the movement of citizens and allow access for humanitarian aid.
Lifting the siege is the last major condition to be met under the agreement reached by the parties fighting in Yemen’s civil war before entering a two-month UN-brokered ceasefire on April 2.
The warring parties also agreed to resume commercial flights to and from the Houthi-held Sanaa airport and to allow entry of oil tankers into the Houthi-held port of Hodeidah, both of which have experienced breakthroughs in recent weeks.
On May 19, the Houthis said they were considering a UN request to extend the ongoing truce with the Yemeni government, which expires on June 2.
The truce marks the first breakthrough in more than seven years in efforts to end the war in Yemen that has killed tens of thousands and pushed the country to the brink of famine.