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UN Announces Humanitarian Pause in Yemen Beginning Friday Night

© AP Photo / Martin MejiaUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - Sputnik International
A humanitarian pause in war-torn Yemen will begin July 10 at 23:59 local time (20:59 GMT) and will last until the July 17 end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said in a statement Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the latest UN data, the conflict in Yemen has left more than 1,500 civilians dead, 3,600 injured and 1 million displaced in the last three months.

"The Secretary-General looks forward to the commitments of all parties to the conflict in Yemen to an unconditional humanitarian pause to start on Friday, 10 July at 23:59 (GMT + 3) until the end of Ramadan."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon thanked Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi for his support for a humanitarian pause, and received similar ceasefire assurances from opposition forces.

"The Secretary-General has received assurances through his Special Envoy from the Houthis, the General People’s Congress and other parties that the pause will be fully respected and that there will be no violations from any combatants under their control."

Commenting on Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir's announcement on Arabic television that Riyadh had implemented a five day halt in its bombing campaign against Yemen, Tehran-based political scientist Shoeib Bahman told Sputnik Persian that Riyadh is likely seek to continue the war by other means. - Sputnik International
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UN Secretary General called for all parties to prevent the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen from growing, underlining the need for aid to reach those in need by giving "full and unhindered access" to humanitarian agencies in "all parts of the country."

A civil war between the government and opposition forces in Yemen has escalated in 2014 after Houthi militants, the main political opposition force, gained control of predominantly urban areas, forcing the Yemeni president to flee the country.

In late March, a Saudi Arabia-led coalition began airstrikes on Houthi positions in Yemen at the request of the displaced Yemeni president.

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