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Houthis Reject Roadmap and Mobilize Armed Offshoots in Yemen | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Soldiers loyal to Yemen’s President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi ride in a pick-up truck during a parade in Marib province on May 25, 2015. AFP

Jeddah, Aden-Moments after U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced a roadmap for settling the crisis in Yemen, insurgency militias effectively mobilized armed factions against strategic locations held by governmental forces.

Most of the deployment took part in eastern and southeastern Yemen. Insurgency militias mainly constitute armed Houthi factions and armed fighters supporting ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

In his Wednesday statement, U.N. envoy Ahmed expressed his profound disappointment with the meeting held with the insurgency delegation at the peace talks in Kuwait.

Discontent mainly stemmed from insurgency militias in Yemen moving towards Al Anad Air Base that lies in northwestern Lahij governorate. The U.N. envoy also confirmed that the advance taken on by militias potentially threatens the Yemeni peace talks.

Military sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Houthis were bent on thwarting negotiations by refusing to discuss many topics over the past two months; Houthis finally rejected the U.N. envoy’s roadmap for peace in Yemen.

The insurgency delegation stressed on Wednesday that priority lies in striking a deal on a new president, and only then would there be agreement.

Nonetheless the government’s delegation reiterated throughout the talks, that Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi represents legitimacy for Yemen, and that turning in high-caliber artillery, withdrawing from cities and releasing prisoners are the priorities for peace.

This comes after U.N. envoy Ahmed presented a roadmap including a practical method on ending the conflict in Yemen. The roadmap encompasses all security arrangements stated by U.N. resolution 2216, which urges insurgents to withdraw from area seized during the conflict, turn in weapons– the establishment of a national unity government is also one of the resolution’s main articles.

Despite, all international efforts for a solution in Yemen, Houthi insurgents remain fixated on the question of Yemeni presidency.

The U.N. envoy confirmed that a government of national unity will take on the responsibility of running political dialogue which will eventually lead to a comprehensive political settlement, including voting on a new electoral law and drafting the constitution.

Despite the peace endeavors to save Yemen, insurgency militias advance in Al Bayda, Al Jawf and Ma’rib, and are sending for reinforcement. Over fifteen factions have been fully prepared and equipped to enter several strategic locations in the Ibb governorate.

Houthi militias have also been reported to perform mass executions against civilians. According to international reporting, Taiz, on Wednesday, witnessed multiple incidents of random shelling targeting civilian compounds. Moreover, more than eight civilians were executed at the An Nadirah District, while another five were put to death in Al Hudaydah city for no evident reason.