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UN welcomes Houthi offer to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia

Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said “Implementation of the initiative by the Huthis in good faith could send a powerful message of the will to end the war”.

The Iran-backed Houthis, which control the capital Sanaa and other parts of Yemen, have been fighting against a Saudi-led coalition which supports the country’s internationally recognized government in a devastating five-year war.

Griffiths hailed “the desire for a political solution to end the conflict” in a statement issued from the UN headquarters in New York. On Friday, the Houthis proposed halting attacks on Saudi Arabia as part of a peace initiative.