On Tuesday, the U.N. sponsored peace talks began in Switzerland; it was attended by Yemeni factions from both sides in an attempt to end the war that has raged war-torn Yemen for nearly 9-months.
Factions attending the talks were from the exiled Yemeni government, as well as the Houthis leader, Ansar Allah, and representatives from former president ‘Ali Saleh’s General People’s Congress (GPC).
On Thursday, the Houthis agreed to permit the resumption of humanitarian aid deliveries into the besieged city of Taiz and to exchange prisoners, although they so far have rejected demands to release government officials, including the exiled president’s brother Nasser, and defense minister Mahmoud Subaihi, stating they will do so once a permanent ceasefire is agreed to on all sides.
According to the Associated Press, the Houthis delegation suspended all meetings with the Hadi delegates last Friday in protest of the Hadi loyalists committing ceasefire violations.
Opponents immediately responded to this by accusing Houthis of not being serious about ending the war.
They further added that the Houthis have also violated the ceasefire a dozen time and that it is further proof the Houthis wants nothing but total destruction.
The question herein lies over whether this should be considered a genuine ceasefire made to end the war, or just another sham truce meant for the Saudis and their allies to prepare a full-scale attack on Houthis-controlled areas.
Despite a truce being announced, the Saudi-led Coalition and Hadi’s Popular Resistance Committee (PRC) forces have recently launched full-scale attacks inside the Hajjah, Marib, and Jawf provinces over the past 48 hours.
Since then, they’ve reportedly retaken Al Hazm, Midi Port, Labinat Camp, and Harad City from the Houthsi forces.
Furthermore, several Coalition airstrikes were conducted recently.
While Houthi and he pro-Saleh factions have agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire, little do people know that many anti-Houthis factions in Taiz, Hajjah, Marib, and Jawf have publicly declared that they will not stop fighting.
One should ponder can be called a “ceasefire” if many anti-Houthis factions, let alone Islamist militant fighters, already stated they will continue fighting?
The only time the ceasefire took place is when Coalition warplanes temporarily stopped bombing the capital city of Sana’a.
If one recalls Yemeni war history, it should be reminded that a similar “humanitarian truce” was made on July of 2015 in Aden when it was held by Houthis forces.
This “truce” didn’t last long when Coalition and Resistance forces seized this moment to launch a massive attack, taking back Aden City and southern Yemen from the Houthis.
This same “truce” tactic is now being used by Saudi coalition to launch a full-scale invasion of northern Yemen.
The Hadi government and Coalition have been constantly accusing the Houthis of warmongering.
The reality is, the Houthis have been trying to give face, offering many genuine ceasefires in the past before the Hadi government rejects it.