UN announces Yemen ceasefire set for April 10

Published March 24th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Destruction in Sanaa, Yemen after an airstrike. (AFP/File)
Destruction in Sanaa, Yemen after an airstrike. (AFP/File)

According to AFP, the UN announced that the Yemen ceasefire will begin on April 10, with peace talks scheduled for April 18 in Kuwait.

"The parties to the conflict have agreed to a nationwide cessation of hostilities beginning April 10 at midnight in advance of the upcoming round of the peace talks, which will take place on April 18 in Kuwait," Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told a press conference in New York.

AFP further reports that the UN attempted to broker peace talks with a ceasefire on December 15. Repeated violations by both sides resulted in the Saudi-led coalition calling off the ceasefire on January 2.

Yemen has been in the midst of conflict since March 2015, with Houthi rebels fighting against embattled president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. More than 6,000 people, over half civilians, have been killed in the year-long fighting.


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