Both sides 'will respect' UN-backed ceasaefire in Yemen

    Both sides 'will respect' UN-backed ceasaefire in Yemen

    April 11, Damascus: The Saudi-led coalition supporting government forces in Yemen has said it will respect UN-backed ceasefire which came into force on Monday.

    Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who are trying to overthrow the government have said they will also respect the truce, media reports said.

    The UN special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, welcomed the ceasefire, calling it "critical, urgent and much needed". He added, "Yemen cannot afford the loss of more lives."

    Ahmed said the agreement for cessation of hostilities included commitments to unhindered access for humanitarian supplies and personnel to all parts of the country.

    More than 6,000 people have been killed and 2m displaced in more than a year of fighting between the two sides.

    Negotiations on ending the conflict are due to be held later this month in Kuwait.

    The Oslo Times


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