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Bomb kills 1 at university in Yemen’s Houthi-held capital

Bomb kills 1 at university in Yemen’s Houthi-held capital
In related development, forces loyal to President Hadi reportedly capture Houthi positions along Maarib-Shabwah road

By Mohamed al-Samei and Zakaria al-Kamali

SANAA (AA) – A bomb went off Tuesday at Sanaa University’s arts faculty, leaving one worker dead and another two injured, according to eyewitnesses.

Soon afterward, witnesses said, security personnel and Shia Houthi militiamen -- who have been in control of Sanaa since 2014 -- arrived at the scene to secure the area.

In a related development Tuesday, forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi wrested several positions along the road linking Yemen’s Maarib and Shabwah provinces from Houthi militants, Ahmed al-Aqeili, a pro-Hadi fighter, told Anadolu Agency.

According to al-Aqeili, the move came in response to alleged Houthi ceasefire violations.

Despite the ceasefire and ongoing peace talks in Kuwait, fighting has continued between pro-Hadi forces -- including the Yemeni army -- on one hand and the Houthis and their allies on the other.

In a Monday statement, UN mediator Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed described the ongoing talks in Kuwait as "complicated", saying a breakthrough would likely "take a long time".

Ahmed made the assertions following the resumption of negotiations after a weeklong hiatus.

He also urged Yemen’s warring camps to redouble their efforts to reach a viable solution to the conflict, adding that delays and failures to attend negotiating sessions would "take us backwards and hinder the solution that the Yemeni people are waiting for".

Sources close to the talks, however, told Anadolu Agency that Monday’s morning and evening negotiating sessions had failed to make any progress.

Talks are now expected to focus on issues such as a the withdrawal of the Houthis from major population centers and the laying down of their arms (based on UN Security Council Resolution 2216), along with calls to form a unity government and questions regarding Hadi’s presidential legitimacy.

Last week, the government delegation suspended its participation in talks until the Houthis and their allies complied with the terms of UNSC Resolution 2216.

Yemen has been racked by chaos since late 2014, when the Houthis and forces loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Salah overran capital Sanaa and several other parts of the country.

The move forced Hadi and his Saudi-backed government to flee to Riyadh for a six-month period.

In March of last year, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a military campaign in Yemen aimed at reversing Houthi gains and restoring Hadi’s embattled government.

According to UN figures, the ongoing conflict has led to the death of some 6,400 Yemenis to date and forced some 2.5 million to flee their homes.

On April 11, UN-brokered peace talks kicked off in Kuwait City following the announcement of a ceasefire.

source: News Feed
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