Houthis write to UN expressing commitment to peace plan

The Houthis in Yemen have reportedly written a letter to UN General Secretary ¬†Ban Ki Moon expressing commitment to a Muscat-brokered seven-point peace plan which includes a ceasefire, the withdrawal of militias from occupied cities, as well as the return of the capital Sana’a to government control. The letter comes amidst continued fighting in Taiz and Ma’rib as the Arab …

Russia launches air strikes in Syria

Russia has carried out air strikes in rebel-controlled Hama province. Moscow claims that it is attacking ISIS although Syrian activists have claimed that the areas that have been struck are not ISIS territory. Russia has been increasing its military presence in Syria at a time where the Assad regime has suffered a series of setbacks, most notably in Idlib. Putin …

President Hadi returns to Yemen

  President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi has reportedly landed in Aden. The president had fled in March to Riyadh following¬†a Houthi advance on Aden which saw air strikes on the presidential palace in an attempt to assassinate the president. In July, the Houthi forces were driven back from Aden by local militia and coalition forces. “The return of his excellency …

Syria: Kerry calls for negotiations with Assad

John Kerry has called for negotiations with Assad to bring about an end to the war in Syria. Kerry, speaking following his meeting with UK foreign secretary Philip Hammond, stressed that the migrant crisis could only be solved by stopping the violence in Syria.