Trump calls on Saudis to lift Yemen blockade 'immediately'

Leslie Hanson
December 7, 2017

Government troops launched an operation overnight and drove the Houthis out of Khokha, which fell to the rebels in January, an army captain and officials in the town said, requesting anonymity.

Khokha lies between rebel-held Hodeidah and government-controlled Mokha on the Red Sea coast and is central to the expansion of government control over the strategic coastline.

Videos posted across social media platforms showed a convoy entering the town to the chanting of locals welcoming the troops arrival. The killing of Yemen's ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the country's Shiite rebels on Monday, as their alliance crumbled, has thrown the almost three-year civil war into unpredictable new chaos.

Yemen's Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr announced that President Hadi will issue a general pardon to all those who participated in the Houthis and then cut their ties.

On Monday, dominant Houthi fighters killed former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, his relatives and his senior aides after three days of deadly street clashes between Houthi movement and Saleh's armed loyalists in Sanaa.

Houthi leader also accused Saleh of backing a Saudi-led military coalition.

The Houthis declared victory after killing Saleh along with a number of high-ranking politicians of his party (the General People's Congress GPC) in addition to arresting hundreds of commanders allied with Saleh.

More than 8,750 people have been killed since Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the government's fight against the Huthis in 2015, triggering what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Around 23 million out of 27 million Yemenis now live in the Houthi-run northern regions.

On December 5, the UN Security Council warned of "the dire and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen", saying the country "stands at the brink of catastrophic famine" largely due to the blockade.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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