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Yemen: the belligerents commit to ; respect a new ceasefire

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The war in Yemen began in 2015 and has claimed hundreds of lives thousands of deaths. (Archive photo)

Agence France-Presse

At war, the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government have committed to respecting a new ceasefire and accepted the opening of a peace process to end the conflict, announced Saturday ;United Nations special envoy for Yemen.

Following a series of meetings in Saudi Arabia and Oman, Hans Grundberg welcomes the parties' commitment to a package of measures to implement a ceasefire fire across the country and to engage in preparations for the resumption of an inclusive political process under the auspices of the United Nations, according to the UN statement.

The poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen has been plunged for eight years into a war pitting Houthi rebels against government forces supported since 2015 by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and which notably includes the United Arab Emirates.

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UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg

Saudi Arabia's intervention did not make it possible to drive out the Houthis.

However, the violence there largely decreased since a truce negotiated by the UN in April 2022, which expired last October but which is still roughly respected.

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The conflict has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced. All sides, including Saudi Arabia, have been accused by UN experts of engaging in war crimes.

According to the UN press release, the agreement includes commitments regarding the payment of civil servants' salaries, the opening of roads to the city of Taiz, blocked by rebels, and to other areas. other parts of Yemen, as well as the resumption of oil exports, their main source of income.

Yemenis expect tangible results from this new agreement in order to progress towards lasting peace.

A quote from Hans Grundberg, United Nations special envoy for Yemen

These commitments are above all an obligation towards the Yemeni people, he continued.

In recent weeks, the Houthis have once again been in the news, not in the context of the Yemeni conflict but in that between Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas.

Israel has vowed to destroy the Palestinian Islamist movement in retaliation for the unprecedented October 7 attack on its soil.

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The attack left around 1,140 dead, mostly civilians, according to an AFP count based on the latest official Israeli figures. Israeli retaliatory bombings killed 20,258 people, mostly women, teenagers and children, according to the Hamas Ministry of Health. acting in support of the Palestinians, Yemeni rebels, supported by Tehran, have in recent weeks claimed several attacks in the Red Sea against commercial ships linked, according to them, to Israel.

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A helicopter belonging to the Houthi rebels approaches a boat in the Red Sea on November 20, 2023 .

A senior Houthi official indicated this week that these attacks would stop only if Israel stops its crimes and that food, medicine and fuel reach the besieged population of the Gaza Strip.

More than 20 countries have joined a U.S.-led coalition aimed at defend maritime traffic in the Red Sea from attacks by Houthi rebels, the Pentagon announced this week.

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