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In Yemen, Gulf states celebrate ;demands an agreement on a new truce

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Yemeni security forces affiliated with the Houthis stand guard during a solidarity march with the population of Gaza in the capital Sanaa, December 15, 2023.

Agence France-Presse

Gulf Arab states on Monday welcomed the announcement of a new commitment by Yemen's warring parties to respect a new ceasefire and work for peace.

Saturday's announcement by the United Nations (UN) special envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, is the latest effort to end a conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands and caused one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

The poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula has been at war since Iran-backed Houthi rebels took control of the capital, Sanaa, in 2014, triggering a military intervention the following year. by Saudi Arabia in order to support the government.

A UN-brokered ceasefire significantly reduced violence in April 2022. The truce expired in October last year, but the war did not continue. ;has not resumed on a large scale.

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ELSE ON NEWS: Netanyahu promises an intensification of the military offensive in Gaza< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Saudi Arabia welcomed the announcement of a road map to move forward on the path to peace. In a statement released on Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh encouraged the Yemeni parties to sit at the dialogue table to achieve a comprehensive and lasting political solution under the auspices of the UN. p>Open in mode full screen

Yemenis gathered in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, in Sanaa, December 22, 2023.

The Sultanate of Oman said it hoped an agreement would be signed as soon as possible, while the United Arab Emirates welcomed efforts towards an agreement .

Qatar, for its part, thanked the UN, Saudi Arabia and Oman for their peace efforts, while urging the Yemeni parties to accelerate the conclusion of an agreement.

The UN envoy said on Saturday he would now engage with parties to establish a road map moving forward towards peace.

The engagement of the belligerents in Yemen comes at a time when the Houthis, supported by Iran, have been multiplying for weeks of attacks on ships, allegedly affiliated with Israel, on a vital shipping lane in the Red Sea, in support of Palestinian Hamas in its war against the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip.

In a statement on Monday, the Yemeni government, supported by Saudi Arabia, condemned these attacks.

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