50 wounded houthi fighters leave for treatment

Added On December 5, 2018

A United Nations-chartered plane carrying 50 wounded Houthi rebel fighters has left Yemen's capital of Sanaa for Oman.
As a part of the peace process in the war-torn country, the wounded will seek medical treatment in Oman's capital of Muscat.
A Houthi official confirmed on Monday that the plane also carried 50 accompanying persons and three Yemeni doctors.
Earlier in the day, spokesman of the coalition forces said in a press conference in the Saudi capital of Riyadh that the move came upon a "request" of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths. 
SOUNDBITE (ARABIC): Wounded Houthi fighter 
"We are going to get treatment, we are very happy for getting this treatment. We have been waiting 3 years for this chance."
Taking the wounded Houthi fighters to Oman for treatment is seen as a good-will gesture from the UN, which would pave the way for the upcoming talks in Sweden. 
Griffiths' office in Jordanian capital Amman said that the talks in Stockholm are likely to start within a few days.
Meanwhile, Houthi negotiating delegation has received a guarantee from the UN for a safe departure and return to Sanaa. 
A Saudi-led military coalition has intervened in Yemen conflict since March 2015 to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after the Houthi rebels forced him into exile.