Seven-day ceasefire in Yemen due to start ahead of talks

    Seven-day ceasefire in Yemen due to start ahead of talks

    Dec 15, Sanaa: Aiming to halt nine months of war in Yemen, a seven-day ceasefire will begin on Tuesday morning to coincide with UN-brokered peace talks in Switzerland.

    The ceasefire was originally scheduled to start at midnight (21:00 GMT) on Monday. The pushed back truce came after Saudi and Emirati senior coalition officers were killed. They appear to have been killed by a missile fired by Houthi rebels in Taiz province.

    Saudi Colonel Abdullah al-Sahyan and Emirati officer Sultan al-Ketbi died at dawn "while they were carrying out their duties in supervising operations to liberate Taiz", the official Saudi Press Agency news agency said.

    The Emirati state news agency WAM separately confirmed Ketbi's death.

    The coalition has been fighting Houthi rebels and its allies since the Yemeni government was forced into exile by the insurgency in March.

    Delegates from the Yemeni government are due to attend the UN-backed negotiations, along with representatives of the Shia Houthi rebel group.

    The Saudi-led coalition launched a military campaign in March after the Houthis seized Sanaa and advanced on the second city, Aden.

    The already dire humanitarian situation in Yemen has also deteriorated severely, with more than 21 million people - four-fifths of the population - now requiring aid.

    Some 6,000 people have been killed so far, nearly half of them civilians.

    The Oslo Times


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