Yemen rise in violence threatens to derail peace moves, UN warns

The Guardian | : Special envoy calls for emergency meeting of security council as violence flares

The sudden surge in violence in Yemen could scupper fragile moves towards a peace settlement, the UN’s special envoy for the country has said.

“We have to get the genie back in the bottle,” said Martin Griffiths. “Whoever started this renewed violence, it is unequivocally the case that there has been a huge rupture of confidence and a huge loss of life for the sake of uncertain territorial gains.”

Griffiths, who is calling for an emergency meeting of the UN security council, said he had “a very real fear of the wheels coming off” in a region already made less safe by the fallout from the killing of the Iranian general Qassem Suleimani in a US raid in Baghdad earlier this month.

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