Yemen’s warring factions agree to consolidate truce during Eid al-Adha: UN

Sanaa: UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg announced that the war-ton nation’s warring factions agreed to consolidate the current truce in the upcoming Eid al-Adha.

“The parties agreed to consolidate their commitment to the current truce through a continued halt of all offensive ground, aerial, and maritime military operations, inside and outside of Yemen, and freezing current military positions on the ground,” Xinhua news agency quoted a statement released by the envoy’s office as saying.

The commitment was made after the warring parties held a meeting in Amman, capital of Jordan, on Tuesday with the facilitation of Grundberg’s military advisor Anthony Hayward, according to the statement.

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Furthermore, they agreed to moderate rhetoric in public statements and media and show care for the safety, well-being, and protection of civilians.

The envoy confirmed the UN readiness to support the Yemeni warring parties by providing technical assistance, capacity building, and facilitating decision-making.

Since April 2, the warring parties in Yemen have been abiding by a nationwide ceasefire.

Although the truce has largely been upheld, the internationally recognized government and the Houthi rebels frequently trade accusations of violations.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthis seized control of several northern provinces and forced the Saudi-backed government out of the capital Sanaa.

The war has killed tens of thousands of people, displaced 4 million, and pushed the country to the brink of starvation.

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