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On 31 July, the Prime Minister of Yemen’s National Salvation Government (NSG) Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour said Sanaa might decide against extending the UN-sponsored ceasefire, given that the ceasefire has not improved the situation for millions of Yemenis.
Bin Habtour underlined the need for Sanaa’s government to examine the tangible achievements of the truce extension over the past few months before making any decisions to further extend it.
He went on to highlight that 1.2 million Yemenis have received partial to no salaries, and denounced the fact that Sanaa International Airport remains closed to commercial flights.
The UN-sponsored truce between the Saudi-led coalition and Yemen’s resistance movement Ansarallah was agreed upon in early April, and extended on 2 June for a further two months. However, there are no serious talks about extending it further.
During a meeting between the head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat and a visiting Omani delegation, Al-Mashat underlined the necessity for the siege on the impoverished Yemeni nation to end.
He also drew attention to the importance of devising a durable peace agreement that would guarantee Yemen’s sovereignty.
The decision of the Supreme Political Council of Yemen comes a few days after a new batch of US troops arrived in southern Yemen.
Earlier in July, Bin Habtour warned that Washington is looking to control Yemen’s natural resources, emphasizing specifically their desire to exploit Yemen’s oil fields.
“This is at the expense of the Yemeni people, impoverishing them, aggravating their humanitarian situation, and fueling the spirit of conflict between them,” Bin Habtour said at the time.
The US is known for its oil theft in the countries it illegally occupies, namely Syria, where it controls the northeast oil-rich regions with the help of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).