No Peace in our Time
The Elusive Ceasefire in Yemen

Two people are dead and as many as 60 are wounded in the wake of four car bombs detonating across Yemen’s capital city, Sanaa, yesterday evening. The bombings, which targeted mosques and rebel Houthi buildings, have been claimed by ISIS, which views the Zaidi Houthis as apostates.

Houthi forces also continued to come under attack by the Saudi air force across the country:

The bombings hit army bases in the capital, Sanaa, and Houthi militia targets in Yemen’s central desert and the mountainous province of Mahweet, one of the last provinces in Yemen not to be bombed since the Arab campaign began on March 26.

Meanwhile, Al Qaeda is said to have executed two men, accusing them of being Saudi spies responsible for installing tracking devices on their vehicles. A spate of pinpoint attacks by U.S. drones in recent months has been thinning the ranks of Al-Qaeda’s leadership in Yemen, with the most recent killing their number two in command, Nasser al-Wuhayshi.

And the Houthis blew up the home of a delegate sent by the Saudi-backed Hadi regime to Geneva to negotiate:

Jubari, who is deputy head of the delegation sent to Geneva by ousted President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, said he was shocked when he heard the news.

“Of course my house is not the only house in Yemen,” he told Reuters in Geneva. “A lot of people’s homes and properties have been targeted in an unbelievable way.”

Abdulla, the head of the government delegation, said: “It is in this spirit of revenge that they are dealing with all the Yemeni people and we cannot remain silent on this.”

Back in Geneva, the UN-brokered negotiations appear to be going nowhere, having failed to thus far even secure a temporary humanitarian ceasefire for Ramadan, much less lay the preconditions for a lasting peace. Since the Hadi-allied militias on the ground are proving no match and Saudi air power alone is not persuading them to settle, the Houthis are refusing to abide by April’s UN resolution which demanded they withdraw from all the cities they have taken since the war began.

This is a tragedy for the people of Yemen, who are quickly running out of food and even basic medical supplies—20 people, including a doctor, are said to have died in Aden yesterday of dengue fever, with reports of as many as 5,000 others infected. It is a tragedy, however, that is likely to be with us for a while longer.

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