US calls for end­ing war in Ye­men

Con­flict in Ye­men re­sulted in killing over 100,000 civil­ians

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US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo and Sec­re­tary of De­fence Jim Mat­tis called on Tues­day for a cease­fire in Ye­men and start­ing peace talks un­der the um­brella of the UN in the next 30 days to end war in the coun­try.

Pom­peo said in a state­ment that the Houthi at­tacks by mis­sile and drone strikes against Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE should also stop.

“The time is now for the ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties, in­clud­ing mis­sile and UAV strikes from Houthi-con­trolled ar­eas into the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates,” Pom­peo said. “Sub­se­quently, Coali­tion air strikes must cease in all pop­u­lated ar­eas in Ye­men,” he added.

The con­flict in Ye­men re­sulted in killing more than 100,000 civil­ians and wound­ing an­other hun­dreds of thou­sands. It also a hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in the poor coun­try as well as a med­i­cal emer­gency.

The UN warned early in Oc­to­ber that about 13 mil­lion peo­ple in Ye­men could face star­va­tion amid the con­ti­nu­ity of war in the coun­try, with­out al­low­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid. The UN de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion in Ye­men as “the worst famine in the world in 100 years”.

“We’ve got to move to­ward a peace ef­fort here. And we can’t say we’re go­ing to do it some­time in the fu­ture.We need to be do­ing this in the next 30 days,” Mat­tis said.

Since March 2015, Saudi Ara­bia an­nounced the for­ma­tion of the Coali­tion for Sup­port­ing Le­git­i­macy in Ye­men fol­low­ing the An­sar Al­lah group “Houthi” (backed by Iran), seized con­trol of the Ye­meni cap­i­tal Sanaa in Septem­ber 2014.

The time is now for the ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties

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