Saudi Arabia says prepared for cease-fire in Yemen if Houthis agree

LONDON: Saudi Arabia is prepared to agree to a cease-fire in Yemen if the Iran-backed Houthis agree, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Monday, adding that he was cynical about efforts for peace after numerous previous cease-fire attempts had failed.

The United States and Britain called on Sunday for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire in Yemen to end violence between Houthis and the government, which is supported by Gulf states.
A Saudi-led campaign in Yemen has come under heavy criticism since an air strike this month on a funeral gathering in the Yemeni capital Sanaa that killed 140 people according to a United Nations’ estimate and 82 according to the Houthis.
Jubeir said Saudi Arabia was being very careful to abide by humanitarian law in the Yemen conflict. He said that those responsible for the funeral bombing would be punished while victims would be compensated.
When asked about an offensive on Daesh militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul, Jubeir said Daesh would lose the war. But he added that he was worried about Shia militias entering Mosul and “engaging in bloodbaths.”
Arab News

Tuesday, October 18th 2016
(Reporting by William James)

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