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Warring parties in Yemen renew two-month truce: UN


Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to renew a two-month truce, the United Nations announced Thursday, at 11 a.m. on the day it was due to expire. “I would like to announce that the parties to the conflict have accepted the UN proposal to renew the current truce in Yemen for two more months,” UN special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said in a statement. “The extension of the truce comes into effect when the current truce period expires, today June 2, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Yemen time (16:00 GMT).”

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Yemen has been embroiled in conflict since Iran-backed Houthi rebels seized control of the capital Sanaa in 2014, triggering a Saudi-led military intervention to support the embattled government the following year.

Grundberg added that the truce had been extended under the same conditions as the previous one.

Aid groups in Yemen have touted the benefits of the truce, which came into effect in April.

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Beyond opening Sanaa airport to some commercial flights – a lifeline for Yemenis needing medical treatment abroad – the truce has allowed oil tankers to dock at the port of Hodeidah, held by the rebels, potentially easing fuel shortages in Sanaa and elsewhere.

But a provision allowing the rebels to ease their siege of Yemen’s third-largest city, Taez, has yet to be implemented, angering the government, which is demanding the opening of roads to the city.

Meanwhile, the rebels demanded that the government pay the salaries of public sector employees working in areas under their control.

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“For the truce to realize its full potential, additional steps will need to be taken, particularly on the issues of opening routes and commercial air operations,” Grundberg said.

“I will continue to engage with the parties to fully implement and consolidate all elements of the truce, and move towards a lasting political settlement of the conflict that responds to the legitimate aspirations and demands of Yemeni women and men.”

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