By Ahmed Al-Haj, June 3, 2015, published in USnews

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The second-in-command of Yemen’s Shiite rebels on Wednesday assailed the Saudi-led airstrikes pounding his group’s positions and allied forces, insisting they are ready to travel to Geneva for U.N.-mediated peace talks on ending the country’s civil war.

Mohammed al-Houthi, who heads the Houthi rebels’ powerful Revolutionary Council, also told The Associated Press that exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi derailed negotiations by demanding the rebels withdraw from territory they captured as a precondition for talks.

The Geneva talks had been previously postponed with no new date announced. However, Yemen’s ambassador to the U.N., Khaled Alyemany, told the AP they would begin June 14 and that an official announcement was expected shortly.

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