Sanaa residents are optimistic about the Saudi plan and await Houthi approval
Thursday – 12 Shaaban 1442 AH – March 25, 2021 AD Issue No. [
Yemenis queuing to receive humanitarian aid in Sanaa yesterday (AFP)
Sanaa: «Asharq Al-Awsat»
Residents who spoke to Asharq Al-Awsat held the Houthi group responsible for its rejection of the Saudi initiative and its indifference to the pain the people are suffering, stressing that the continuing terrorist attacks by the group are clear messages that it rejects any solutions or proposals that save Yemenis from its coup and its wars.
Residents described the statements of the Houthi militia spokesman regarding the initiative, describing it as “containing nothing new”, as confirming beyond a reasonable doubt that this group is merely tools that Iran would move whenever it wanted to serve its projects.
“Mahmoud,” he says. PBUH, from Ibb governorate and works as a teacher in Sana’a, told Asharq Al-Awsat: “I hope that things will return to normal before the war and the coup, as the past six years have been for me and more than a million Yemenis employed in the group’s controlled areas as a terrifying nightmare, as a result of what we were exposed to during it from Suffering that exceeded our capacity, especially after we were deprived of our basic salaries, which were our lifeline. ”
Mahmoud, a father of five children who has been working for a daily wage for years after he left the educational work due to the militia’s plundering of his salaries, expressed his optimism about the Saudi initiative, but at the same time questioned the question of the Houthi’s response to it, as they are – according to him – an ideological group that only believes in the culture of violence, murder and oppression.
Despite the great optimism of the Yemeni street, including the proposals contained in the Saudi initiative, which is a valuable opportunity for peace and alleviating the suffering of Yemenis, many activists, intellectuals, thinkers, politicians and Yemeni citizens have expressed their concerns about the Houthi militia’s rejection of this initiative.
According to a political activist from Dhamar governorate and residing in Sana’a, he only coded his name with “S. Abdullah »that any current rejection of the initiative by the militias is expected because it is in the interest of completing the implementation of the Iranian project in Yemen.
In a recent context with Asharq Al-Awsat, Abdullah pointed out that the group “has been accustomed throughout the past years of the coup to setting insurmountable conditions and obstacles following every solution initiative that is put forward in order to thwart it. Because it will stand as an obstacle to its malicious sectarian projects ».
He said, “The group wants a way to stop the war that is commensurate with the plans and objectives that Iran wants and serves its interests away from the suffering of Yemenis and their humanitarian conditions.” He added, “The group’s decision to accept any initiative is not in its hands, in addition to being the only party to benefit from the continuation and prolongation of the war, given the money it reaps on a monthly basis from the looted state revenues and from the pockets of Yemenis and other suspicious sources of income.”
In her turn, Amani Seif, a pseudonym for an activist from Sanaa, in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat held the group and the Iranian military ruler in Sanaa, Hassan Erlo, the responsibility and consequences of the repeated rejection of any solutions or peace map that would lead to a comprehensive solution to the conflict in Yemen.
Saif stipulated that the international community, if it wants to bring about a speedy and speedy peace, begins immediately to expel the Iranian official from Sana’a, and end all Iranian interventions as destructive to Yemen and the Yemenis. She stressed that the aim of the Iranian efforts is to prolong the war in Yemen, and to undermine any efforts aimed at ending the coup and war and bringing peace.
She indicated that the group’s persistence and its relentless rejection of any initiatives confirms the impossibility of its compliance with any political process, and that it stands every time as a stumbling block to any comprehensive peace process that guarantees the direction towards real and safe exits for Yemen and Yemenis.
She explained that the militias have returned everyone every time to benefit from any proposals or initiatives presented with the aim of calming down, or stopping the conflict and turning it into a tool and an opportunity to rearrange its ranks and conditions to wage new wars against the Yemenis, as is happening today from the Houthi military escalation towards the city of Marib.
As a result of the revolutionaries’ continuing to undermine any initiatives that lead to a comprehensive solution to the Yemeni crisis, a member of parliament subject to the Houthis in Sana’a, asking not to be named, confirmed to “Asharq Al-Awsat” that peace with such a group is a kind of futility and a waste of time, as these militias have proven themselves Over the past years, it does not give peace and negotiation any value.
He pointed out that the militias have been known since their inception that they have no covenant and are not bound to any agreements or reconciliations. Whether with the successive Yemeni governments or between them and the tribes, but rather exploits them every time to rearrange their ranks and cards. According to the parliamentarian, the last of those Houthi maneuvers was its rejection of the proposal of the US special envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, for a ceasefire, describing it as a “conspiracy.”
The parliamentarian pointed out that since the signing of the Stockholm Agreement in December 2018, the militias have also not adhered to what they signed. Rather, they have continued to commit violations, crimes and attacks on citizens in Hodeidah, and have turned its ports into passages for smuggling weapons without control, and looting resources, despite The UN agreement.