'Saudi intervention failed', aide to Yemeni president says
Ahmed Bin Daghr, an aide to Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and a former prime minister, said the war "has achieved nothing of its objectives, destroying Yemen as a state," according to Bloomberg.
"The military option is no longer a viable means," Bin Daghr reportedly said in a statement, calling for direct negotiations to be supervised by the United Nations.
Bin Daghr's comments come just days after UAE-backed southern Yemeni separatists gained control of the strategic Socotra island and started implementing self-rule.
Forces loyal to the Saudi-backed government, led by Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, withdrew from the Socotra battle in what they said was an attempt to "deescalate the situation."
The withdrawal was blasted by Yemeni officials who viewed the move as a "betrayal" by the gulf kingdom, which had recently announced an initiative aimed at resolving the deadlock between the warring sides.
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