US condemns attack on Taiz market

WASHINGTON, June 6 (KUNA) — The Obama Administration Monday issued a strong condemnation of an attack on a busy market in Taiz, Yemen, which resulted in the deaths of at least a dozen people, according to local authorities.
Yemeni officials said the rockets were fired by Houthi rebels, who are fighting forces in Taiz loyal to the internationally recognized government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
“Such attacks threaten to undermine progress in the peace talks and the cessation of hostilities,” State Department Spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters.
“We firmly believe the solution to this conflict is political, not military, and the ongoing talks in Kuwait offer the best chance for reaching a comprehensive political solution to the conflict,” she said.
“We are deeply concerned about the devastating toll of the political, economic and humanitarian crisis… especially during this month of Ramadan. We call on all parties to redouble their efforts, to work quickly to making the hard choices and compromises necessary to reach a final agreement,” she added. (end) ys.ibi