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Houthis arrest a former minister in the Yemeni government 

On Sunday, the Houthi group arrested a former official in the Yemeni government in the capital, Sanaa (under the group’s control). 

“The Houthis arrested my father half an hour ago,” said Waddah al-Ruwaishan, son of former Yemeni Minister of Culture Khaled al-Ruwaishan in a brief post on Facebook at dawn on Sunday.

The former Minister of Culture has been known for his critical writings on the policies of the Houthis since the outbreak of the conflict in Yemen in March 2015.

It was not possible to get an immediate comment from the Houthi group about what was mentioned by the son of the former Minister of Culture in the government.

The move comes about a week after the (indefinite) sentencing to death of four out of ten journalists who have been held by the Houthi group in its prisons since June 2015.

For the sixth year, Yemen has witnessed violent fighting between government forces supported by an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and the Iranian-backed Houthi group that has controlled Yemeni provinces, including the capital, Sanaa, since the fall of 2014. –

Earlier, the Yemeni Houthi group revealed, on Wednesday, that it was studying a response received from the United Nations regarding its document for a comprehensive solution to the conflict that has been going on in the country for years.

Last Wednesday, the Houthis presented to the Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith, what they said was a “political document to solve the Yemeni crisis.”

Through his account on Twitter, the head of the Houthi Revolutionary Committee, Muhammad Ali al-Houthi, tweeted: “We got a response from the envoy regarding the comprehensive solution document, and we are working on studying it” without mentioning further details.

Houthis arrest a former minister in the Yemeni government 

The Houthi document consists of 3 main parts, the first of which is “ending the war and cease-fire”, the second is ending the so-called “blockade” imposed on Yemen by the Arab coalition, while the third focuses on “reaching a political settlement.”

Al-Houthi added: “What we presented in the comprehensive solution document does not carry any special conditions, but rather reflects the aspirations of the people towards a just peace.”

Since 2015, the Arab coalition, led by the Saudi neighbor, has supported forces loyal to the Yemeni government, in the face of the Iranian-backed Houthi group, which has controlled provinces including the capital, Sana’a, in the south of the kingdom, since 2014.

The legitimate Yemeni government, and the Arab coalition that supports it, have not commented on the Houthi document, to this day.

While the Arab coalition announced on Wednesday, a unilateral ceasefire for two weeks, to focus efforts on facing the dangers of Corona, and discuss the possibility of heading for a political settlement, and the Yemeni government responded to the truce, which was welcomed regionally and internationally.

However, the parties to the conflict continued to exchange accusations of a cease-fire violation.

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