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U.N. Says Yemen’s Warring Parties Have Agreed to 2-Month Truce

UNITED NATIONS — Yemen’s warring sides have accepted a two-month truce, beginning with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the U.N. envoy to Yemen mentioned Friday.

The envoy, Hans Grundberg, introduced the settlement from Amman, Jordan, after assembly individually with each side within the nation’s brutal civil conflict. He mentioned that he hoped the truce could be renewed after two months.

The settlement comes after a major escalation in current weeks that noticed Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels declare a number of assaults throughout the nation’s borders, focusing on the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

The truce is to begin on Saturday, the primary day of Ramadan, and also will permit for shipments of gasoline to reach in Yemen’s key port metropolis of Hodeida and for passenger flights to renew from the airport within the capital, Sanaa.

U.N. spokesperson Farhan Haq mentioned the warring sides agreed to halt all offensive army, air, floor and maritime operations inside Yemen and throughout its borders, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The settlement got here after the Saudi-led coalition, which has been battling the Houthis in Yemen since 2015, started observing a unilateral cease-fire on Wednesday — a proposal that was rejected by the rebels.

Final Saturday, the Houthis additionally introduced their very own unilateral initiative that included a three-day suspension of cross-border assaults on Saudi Arabia, in addition to combating inside Yemen. Their announcement got here shortly after they claimed assaults on a key Saudi oil facility within the Pink Sea metropolis of Jiddah, forward of a Components One race within the kingdom.

On Friday, in a Twitter put up, Mohammed Abdel-Salam, the spokesman and chief negotiator of the Houthis, welcomed the cease-fire.

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