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Yemen/Bahrain update 6/23/2016..Pressure builds up on Bahraini regime

Thursday, June 23, 2016 18:47
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Yemen’s Ansarullah Demands Consensus President in Any Future Peace Deal

Yemen’s Ansarullah said the group and its allies would not sign any peace deal without prior agreement on a consensus president to lead the transition. In a statement, Ansarullah reiterated its position on the main issues that need to be settled in the peace talks currently underway in Kuwait, Daily Trust‎ reported. The statement added that other issues, including the national unity government, depend on the consensus presidency. “Foremost among these is the presidency which is at the center of the negotiations and on which all the other issues, like the formation of a national unity government and a supreme military and security committee, depend,” the statement noted. The statement further said the ongoing Saudi airstrikes and the continued blockade and economic restrictions against the impoverished Arab country are a blatant violation of the ceasefire deal that took effect on April 11.

The former Saudi-backed regime insists that refugee president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi should lead any transition. The development comes a day after the UN special envoy to Yemen proposed a roadmap to end the Saudi Arabian onslaught in the conflict-hit country, following two months of negotiations between representatives of the former Riyadh-backed regime and a delegation comprised of the Ansarullah movement and allies in Kuwait. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed called for “the implementation of the security arrangements specified in Security Council Resolution 2216 and the establishment of a national unity government.”

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army and popular committees took control of five positions of the Saudi mercenaries in the Sabrin district of Khab and Shaaf city in the Yemeni province of Jawf, following fierce clashes. The attack by the Yemeni army came in response to continued violation of the truce deal by the Saudi-backed militants. An unspecified number of Saudi mercenaries were killed and injured in the clashes. Several other militants also fled the area, leaving their weapons behind.

On Tuesday, Ansarullah fighters managed to take control of the strategic mountain of Jalis in al- Qabbaytah city of Lahij province, after days of fighting with pro-Hadi militants. The advance made the Yemeni forces close to the al-Anad air base. Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26, 2015, in a bid to bring the staunch ally of Riyadh, Hadi, back to power and defeat the Ansarullah movement. More than 9,600 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others sustained injuries since the onset of the aggression. The Saudi strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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