Ceasefire to al­low aid in

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The Saudi-led coali­tion yes­ter­day de­clared a 48-hour ceasefire in Ye­men, on the con­di­tion that the Houthi rebels abide by it and al­low hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance into be­sieged cities, par­tic­u­larly the city of Taiz.

How­ever, min­utes af­ter it went into ef­fect, ac­tivists in Taiz said that rebel shelling con­tin­ued in the city while a Houthi-af­fil­i­ated mil­i­tary spokesman said that there was no halt of fight­ing.

Col. Sharaf Lo­q­man, a mil­i­tary spokesman, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that the fight­ing hasn’t stopped at any of the front-lines. He said that the rebels sup­port a full ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties, but that the re­al­ity at the mo­ment is, “all par­ties are en­gaged in fight­ing”.

The Saudi news agency SPA car­ried a state­ment from the coali­tion that said the truce would take ef­fect at 12pm Ye­meni time yes­ter­day and that it could be re­newed. The coali­tion warned the rebels, known as Houthis, against any sort of mil­i­tary move­ment.

The ceasefire comes at a time that forces loyal to the Saudi-backed, in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised gov­ern­ment have made ad­vances in Taiz, which has been be­sieged by the rebels for the past year.

The coali­tion has de­manded that the Houthis send their rep­re­sen­ta­tives to meet with a de-es­ca­la­tion com­mit­tee in a south­ern Saudi city, in or­der to make se­cu­rity and mil­i­tary ar­range­ments to end rebel con­trol over sev­eral cities in the north – in­clud­ing Sanaa.

The truce comes two days af­ter an ear­lier plan for a US-bro­kered ceasefire fal­tered. US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry, who met with Houthi rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Oman this week, set Novem­ber 17 as the ceasefire date.

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