Mahdi al-Mashat, leader of the Supreme Political Council of the Houthis, the Shiite rebels in Yemen, sent a telegram to Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking him to help stop the civil war in Yemen, reported the Yemeni news outlet SABA.
In the message published by the news agency on Thursday, July 19, al-Mashat asked Russia to use its international influence to put an end to the aggression and remove the blockade (the air and sea blockade of Yemen put in place by the Sunni coalition). He also urged Putin to ensure security and stability in the country.
On Monday, July 23, news came out that the Yemen Houthi rebels had also sent a letter to the French government, asking it to intervene in the war. They called on French President Emmanuel Macron to play “an important, significant role in establishing peace”.
Despite lengthy successes, the Houthis, who are fighting against the Saudi-led coalition of Sunni states, have found themselves on the verge of destruction following the start of operation “Golden Victory” on June 13 by the international Islamic coalition. The coalition then captured the strategically important port city of Al Hudaydah on the Red Sea, which had until then been held by the Ansar Allah Houthi movement.
The Yemen civil war began in 2014. The one faction is comprised of the Houthi military wing Ansar Allah and the part of the army loyal to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The troops of ousted Sunni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the coalition led by Saudi Arabi form the other faction.