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Houthis keep refusing to open roads to the besieged city of Taiz

Republican Yemen

The Iran-backed Houthi rebels refused today to reopen roads to the besieged city of Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city, sources said.

According to sources familiar with the matter, the Houthi rebels rejected a proposal made by the UN Envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, to reopen a main road to the seven-year-besieged city of Taiz.

This comes one day following the kick-off of the Amman-held second round of talks between representatives from Yemen’s internationally-recognized government and the Houthi militia.

Information Minister Moamar al-Eryani accused the Houthis of disrespecting the UN-brokered truce, warning that the rebels are buying time to push for military reinforcement.

“Terrorist Houthi militia affiliated with Iran intended unilateral measures in an attempt to sabotage Amman negotiations to lift Taiz siege and ignore UN-sponsored truce,” said al-Eryani on Twitter.

The Houthis, however, argue that the UN-brokered truce did not stipulate that all roads should be open,

“The truce did not stipulate the opening of all roads. It just mentioned roads without names or specifications,” said Hussein Alezzi, deputy foreign minister in the so-called Houthi government.

Last Saturday, UN Special Envoy to Yemen announced the end of the first round of talks over Taiz without reaching a deal to completely or even partially lift a Houthi-imposed siege on a city populated by over 4 million people.

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