UN an­nounces cease­fire

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A CEASE­FIRE in Ye­men will go into ef­fect for 72 hours start­ing to­mor­row, the United Na­tions an­nounced.

A ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties that first went into ef­fect in April “will re-en­ter into force on Oc­to­ber 19, for an ini­tial pe­riod of 72 hours, sub­ject to re­newal”, the UN’s special en­voy for Ye­men, Is­mail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said.

The an­nounce­ment comes af­ter Ye­meni Pres­i­dent Abedrabbo Man­sour Hadi agreed to the cease­fire on Oc­to­ber 17, a day af­ter in­ter­na­tional calls for a truce.

Mr Ahmed on Oc­to­ber 16 said he had been in con­tact with the Huthi mili­tia’s lead ne­go­tia­tor and Mr Hadi’s govern­ment.

The United States, Bri­tain and the UN peace en­voy to Ye­men urged the war­ring par­ties in the coun­try’s civil war to de­clare a cease­fire.

Saudi Ara­bia’s im­pov­er­ished neigh­bour has been rocked by a deadly war since pro-Iran rebels over­ran the cap­i­tal Sanaa in Septem­ber 2014.

How­ever, the con­flict es­ca­lated af­ter an Arab coali­tion, led by Riyadh, launched a bomb­ing cam­paign against the Shi­ite Huthi rebels and their al­lies in March 2015.

The con­flict in Ye­men has killed al­most 6900 peo­ple, wounded more than 35,000 and dis­placed at least 3 mil­lion since March last year, ac­cord­ing to the UN. –

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