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US to Yemen’s Houthis: Stop attacking, start negotiating

Washington calls Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia ‘unacceptable’ and urges the Yemeni group to engage in the country’s political peace process.

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The United States announced that the Houthi armed group must correspond to a political process to reach peace in Yemen, after the higher pace of retaliation with missile and drone attacks by the Iran-backed rebels on Saudi Arabia. The leadership of Houthi movement needs to quite simply stop attacking and start negotiating, said the Department of State spokesman Ned Price on Monday.

Saudi Arabia interfered militarily in Yemen in 2015 when the Houthi Movement conquered Yemen’s internationally recognized government and subsequently seized vast strips of the country’s area, including the capital Sanaa.

The Houthis have trod up bouts on Saudi territory in the past couple of weeks amid the new diplomatic efforts by the Biden administration to end the war that has shrunken the most underprivileged country in the Middle East.

The Yemeni faction has secured their position on the attacks across the border, saying they are in response to deadly Saudi air raids in the country. The group also fired a drone and missile attack at a Saudi oil facility in the Eastern Province, last Sunday, which pushed global oil prices to the highest level in two years.

The Houthis said in a Twitter post that they also targeted and attacked the military bases in the Saudi cities of Dammam, Asir and Jazan.

The Saudi-led coalition denies any damage and maintains that drones and missiles were intercepted in route to their targets. Saudi Arabia announced that the Houthi attack on the Aramco facility at Ras Tanura on Sunday targeted the security and stability of the global energy supply.

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