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Morocco suspends participation in Saudi-led war in Yemen

Morocco freezes involvement in Saudi-led coalition in Yemen Morocco suspends participation in Saudi-led war in Yemen
Deanna Wagner | 12 February, 2019, 06:25

Morocco is not now taking part in military interventions or ministerial meetings in the Saudi-led coalition, according to a Moroccan government official.

Morocco has recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mustapha Mansouri, for consultations.

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's government has rejected reports that it was allowing weapons provided by the Unites States to reach the Houthi rebels and extremist groups in the country such as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Pensinsula.

"This targeting operation is an extension to the previous two military operations on (January 19th and 31st, 2019), that were conducted by the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to target and destroy an Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militia's integrated network for UAV capabilities and its logistical facilities, in addition to locations of foreign experts", he added.

The Coalition, under the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, confirms its support and dedication to relief efforts to the brotherly Yemeni people, and reiterates its support for the Stockholm Agreement and the United Nations sponsored peace process, led by Martin Griffiths, in accordance with UNSC resolutions, the GCC Initiative, and outcomes of the Yemeni national dialogue.

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said in an interview last month with Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera that Morocco's participation in Yemen had "changed".

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The tour came amid global concern about the Yemen war and condemnation of the killing of Saudi national and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Weddings, funerals, schools and hospitals, as well as water and electricity plants, have been targeted, killing and wounding thousands. Morocco considers the Western Sahara its southern territories.

Yemen's four-year war and ensuing economic collapse have unleashed the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis with 14 million of its 29 million population staring at starvation.

In his tour to Maghreb region in November, Mohammed Bin Salman did not visit Morocco, while local media said it was Morocco that cancelled the Saudi crown prince's visit citing "agenda".

According to recent estimates, as many as 85,000 children may have died from hunger since the coalition's intervention.