UN envoy urges restraint during Yemen ceasefire

Published May 15th, 2015 - 05:00 GMT

The United Nations special envoy to Yemen has called for respecting a five-day ceasefire in Yemen in a bid to boost the delivery of sorely-needed aid.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed made the request in a statement issued on Thursday, saying that he was "very worried about violations of the truce."

The UN official urged all sides in Yemen to "strictly respect a cessation of military operations... to allow the flow of aid."

Local sources said at least nine Yemenis were killed in an Apache helicopter attack in the al-Safiya region in northwestern Sa’ada Province on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported that Saudi warplanes hit the district of Malahidh in Sa’ada. 

Meanwhile, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization recently warned of a “catastrophic” humanitarian situation in Yemen, saying more than 15 million Yemenis are suffering from food insecurity in the wake of the conflict. 

According to the latest UN figures, the conflict has so far claimed the lives of over 1,400 people and injured close to 6,000 others, roughly half of them civilians.

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