Houthi leader: Ready for Yemen ceasefire if Saudi-led coalition wants peace

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"We announce an initiative to call all official Yemeni parties to ask to end launching rockets and drones against aggression countries.in order to deprive them for any reason to continue their aggression and siege, along a readiness to freeze and stop all military operations on all fronts in order to reach peace", he wrote.

Al-Houthi also said that his forces would stop launching missiles and drone attacks on "US-Saudi aggression countries and their allies in Yemen".

The statement was carried by rebel-controlled media early on Monday.

Although Mohammed Ali al-Huthi is head of the Iran-linked rebels' Higher Revolutionary Committee, he is not their ultimate decision-maker - that power lies with supreme leader Abdulmalek al-Huthi. While the date has not been set, United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths said it would be "soon" and that he plans to travel to rebel-held Sanaa later this week to discuss arrangements.

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"After our contacts with the United Nations envoy and his request to stop drone and missile strikes. we announce our initiative.to halt missile and drone strikes on the countries of aggression", Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the group's Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said in a statement.

He said both sides have given "firm assurances" that they would attend the talks, although no date has yet been set. He hopes to convene talks before the end of the year in Sweden to agree on a framework for peace under a transitional government.

Fighting in Yemen intensified at the beginning of this month as the coalition renewed an offensive aimed at seizing Hodeida, a Red Sea city whose port serves as entry point for almost all of the country's imports and humanitarian aid.

The World Health Organization says almost 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi intervention in March 2015, but rights groups believe the toll may be five times as high.

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