US Yemen envoy heads to Gulf after attacks on UAE to press for peace

US Yemen envoy heads to Gulf after attacks on UAE to press for peace
The US special envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking, is expected to head to the Gulf this week in order to press for peace following a series of attacks between Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition.
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The Saudi-led coalition carried out air strikes on the Houthi-held Yemeni capital Sanaa, following an attack on Abu Dhabi [source: Getty]

The US special envoy for Yemen will visit the Gulf this week to try and reinvigorate the peace process, the State Department said on Wednesday, after a spate of attacks in the war between Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group and the Saudi-led coalition.

Envoy Tim Lenderking "will press the parties to de-escalate militarily and seize the new year to participate fully in an inclusive UN-led peace process," it said in a statement. Lenderking will also focus on the "urgent need to mitigate the dire humanitarian and economic crises facing Yemenis".

His visit follows further strikes this week that took the war to a new level.

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On Monday, a drone and missile attack on coalition partner the United Arab Emirates killed three people and was claimed by the Houthis.

Early on Tuesday, the coalition carried out airstrikes on the Houthi-held Yemeni capital Sanaa, killing at least 20 people including civilians, according to Houthi media and residents - one of its deadliest attacks since 2019.

Washington has condemned the Houthi strike against the UAE, one of the United States' leading Gulf Arab allies.

The UAE has called for the UN Security Council to weigh in on the attack.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has voiced concern regarding the coalition airstrikes as well as condemned the attack on the UAE, his spokesman said.