UN envoy to return to Yemen seeking peace deal

The UN envoy for Yemen said Monday (October 31st) he will return to the region for talks on reaching a peace deal in the coming weeks, even though both sides have rejected his proposals, AFP reported.

"The ball is in the court of the Yemeni parties," Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told the UN Security Council.

On Sunday, the Houthis (Ansarallah) said a new UN peace plan was a "basis for discussion" despite containing "fundamental flaws in general, in the details and the timeframe".

They said the UN plan did not include a "total, permanent ceasefire" or foresee lifting the blockade against areas they control, adding that they would put their objections to the UN envoy when he visits Sanaa.

President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi rejected the peace proposal on Saturday, saying it "only opens a door towards more suffering and war and is not a map for peace".

Hadi said the new plan was an "explicit departure" from the UN Security Council's resolution 2216, which calls on the Houthis to withdraw from territory they have captured since 2014.

Coalition airstrikes on Houthi-held security buildings in western Yemen on Saturday killed at least 60 people, many of them inmates buried under the rubble of a detention centre.

The strikes came just hours after other coalition raids hit three residential buildings in the south-west, killing 17 civilians.

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