UN announces ceasefire in Yemen

Published October 18th, 2016 - 10:00 GMT
A fighter loyal to Yemen's exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi walks with crutches in Yemen's second city of Aden on July 30, 2015. (AFP/File)
A fighter loyal to Yemen's exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi walks with crutches in Yemen's second city of Aden on July 30, 2015. (AFP/File)

The United Nations special envoy for Yemen has announced a three-day ceasefire in war-hit Yemen.

According to a statement, released by Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on Monday, the truce will begin on 23:59 local time on Wednesday and continue for 72 hours.

"The special envoy welcomes the restoration of the cessation of hostilities, which will spare the Yemeni people further bloodshed and will allow for the expanded delivery of humanitarian assistance," added the statement.

It notes that assurances have been received from all Yemeni parties engaged in the conflict and that the given time period is subject to renewal.

On Sunday, the US, UK and the UN called the warring sides in the conflict in Yemen to declare an immediate ceasefire.

The call was made following a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and Cheikh Ahmed in London.

Earlier, former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir both announced they are willing to take part in a ceasefire if Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement is also willing to do so.

More than 10,000 people have died since Saudi Arabia launched a campaign to crush the Ansarullah movement and their allies and reinstate the resigned president, Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

 


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