Informed sources in Yemen yesterday confirmed that the problem of political prisoners held captive by the rebels will be solved soon, after the relative progress made by the Yemeni consultations in Switzerland earlier this month.
The sources believe that the Houthis will next week release those who are “alive” amongst the four main figures detained by them, the most important of whom is the Yemeni Defense Minister Major- General Mahmoud Salem Subaihi. The sources added that the Houthis will submit to Operation Decisive Storm and begin the implementation of the UN resolution 2216 as part of an operation to “build confidence” according to the term used by the UN’s Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in the agenda of the consultations.
In a related matter, Arab coalition forces hastened to support legitimacy in Yemen by destroying a rocket launcher in the centre of Sana’a after intercepting a “Scud” missile fired by the rebels from this launcher. The missile then landed in a citizen’s farm in the city of Najran in southern Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi citizen, Hasan bin Mani’ Al-Yaami, told Asharq Al-Awsat that he was on the farm with friends, and after they heard a noise, they went out to see what had happened and saw the missile that had fallen on the farm, 100m away from where they had been sitting. He added that he immediately informed the security authorities so that they could take necessary action. Al-Yaami confirmed that the rocket did not damage the farm in any way and that agricultural activity continues to take place as usual.