Starting with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, UN special envoy Hans Grundberg stated that the warring sides in Yemen’s seven-year conflict have agreed to a two-month nationwide truce.
The UN-brokered deal between the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed rebel Houthi group, which was announced on Friday, is the most significant step yet towards ending a conflict that has killed tens of thousands and pushed millions into hunger.
Previously, the peace talk process in 2016 was the last coordinated cessation of hostilities nationwide.
Grundberg expressed that Saturday would be when the two-month truce would come into effect, specifically at 16:00 GMT local time. The ceasefire, according to the envoy, could be renewed with the consent of the parties.
Grundberg said in the statement that, “The parties accepted to halt all offensive military air, ground and maritime operations inside Yemen and across its borders; they also agreed for fuel ships to enter into Hodeidah ports and commercial flights to operate in and out of Sanaa airport to predetermined destinations in the region.”