72-Hour Ceasefire in Yemen Set for Oct. 19

Oct 18th, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts
Saudi Arabia has bombed virtually every school and hospital in Yemen with US and EU supplied weapons

Saudi Arabia has bombed virtually every school and hospital in Yemen with US and EU supplied weapons.

A 72-hour ceasefire is scheduled to begin on the night of Wednesday, October 19, in Yemen according to a UN envoy. According to Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN envoy, all parties have agreed to the ceasefire, which is subject to renewal. This comes amid the 18-month battle between Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government.

Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi announced that President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi “agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire to be extended if the other party adheres to it, activates the DCC [De-escalation and Coordination Committee] and lifts the siege of Taiz.”

According to the UN statement, this ceasefire will include a halt in “military activities of any kind” and allow “free and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies and personnel to all parts of Yemen.”

Ould Cheikh Ahmen welcomes the ceasefire because he believes it will “spare the Yemeni people further bloodshed and will allow for the expanded delivery of humanitarian assistance.” He asked all Yemeni parties, the region and international communities to encourage full respect for the cessation of hostilities.

Both the US and Britain asked for a ceasefire in Yemen. After a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry said “This is the time to implement a ceasefire unconditionally and then move to the negotiation table… We cannot emphasize enough today the urgency of ending violence in Yemen.”

Kerry’s comments came after Saudi-led coalition jets killed over 140 people and injured hundreds more in an airstrike last week. Up to 10,000 people have died since the violence in Yemen broke out in 2015. 3,800 of those have been civilian causalities, including women and children.

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