United Nations plane evacuates 50 wounded Yemeni rebels to Muscat

December 03, 2018

Fifty wounded rebels were evacuated from the Yemeni capital for medical treatment on Monday, a Saudi-led military coalition said, as the UN envoy landed in Sanaa ahead of planned peace talks in Sweden.

The evacuation on a UN chartered plane marks a key step in kickstarting stalled negotiations as world powers press for an end to the brutal four-year conflict that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

The fate of wounded rebels had been a stumbling block to the start of a previous round of aborted peace talks in September. The UN is trying to persuade the warring sides to sit down at the negotiating table this month.

Coalition spokesman Turki al Maliki said a UN chartered flight evacuated 50 wounded combatants, accompanied by three Yemeni doctors and a UN doctor, from Sanaa to Muscat, in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.