Saturday, November 5, 2016

Hundreds protest against UN peace plan in Yemen's Sanaa

Hundreds of supporters of Yemen's rebels protested in the capital Sanaa on Saturday against a U.N. peace roadmap aimed at ending a devastating war between the Shiite insurgents and loyalists.

U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed last month put forward the peace plan aimed at halting fighting between the Houthis and forces loyal to the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

The Mauritanian diplomat, who arrived in the insurgent-held capital on Thursday for his second visit in a week, has led talks in Yemen since April 2015 and brokered several ceasefires that were often violated and failed to generate momentum towards a peace deal.

"Get out!" protesters shouted outside the hotel where Ould Cheikh Ahmed is staying, holding up photos of the victims of a war that has escalated since the military intervention of a Saudi-led coalition against the rebels and their allies in March 2015.

Hadi last week rejected the U.N. proposal, while the rebels said it was "basis for discussion" despite containing "fundamental flaws".

On Friday, rebel ally and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh said the plan was a "good basis" for talks to end "military operations carried out by Saudi Arabia".

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