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UN plane to evacuate injured Houthi rebels in Yemen

ANI  |  Sanaa [Yemen] 

A jet will evacuate as many as 50 wounded Houthi rebels in following UN to Martin Griffiths' request.

According to a Saudi-UAE coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi movement, the rebels will be taken for treatment to Oman's capital Muscat, reported Al Jazeera.

Griffiths requested the arrangement as a goodwill gesture in the run-up to planned peace talks in

"A UN chartered plane will arrive at international airport Monday to evacuate 50 wounded combatants accompanied by three Yemeni doctors and a UN doctor, from to Muscat," stated in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, as quoted by Al Jazeera.

Maliki further said that the United States-backed alliance agreed to facilitate the medical evacuations at the request of Griffiths for "humanitarian reasons" and as a "confidence-building" measure.

However, no immediate reaction was received from Houthi rebels or the UN.

The strife-torn country has been engulfed in a conflict since 2015, with regular clashes between US-backed Saudi-led coalition and the Iranian-aligned that has reportedly claimed around 10,000 lives and displaced a thousand others.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 15:12 IST