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The Saudi-UAE coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi rebels has declared a unilateral ceasefire.

The suspension of coalition military operations is expected to take effect on Thursday at 12 noon (9:00 GMT) and will last two weeks, the Saudi news agency SPA said, quoted by coalition spokesperson Colonel Turki. al-Malki.

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The announcement came days after the United Nations called for an end to hostilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

SPA said Wednesday that the ceasefire is intended to help prevent an epidemic of coronavirus in Yemen, while allowing a de-escalation of the fighting. It also aimed to give the Houthis an opportunity to join the UN-sponsored talks on a settlement to the conflict.

The Houthis made no immediate comments.

Mohammed Abdulsalam, spokesman for the Houthi movement, said earlier that the group had sent a comprehensive vision to the UN that includes the end of the five-year war and the “blockade” imposed on Yemen.

” [Our proposal] will lay the groundwork for political dialogue and a transitional period, “Abdulsalam said on Twitter on Wednesday.

Last week, the UN special envoy, Martin Griffiths, sent a proposal to the internationally recognized government, the Saudi-Emirati military coalition that supports it, and the Houthi movement that controls the capital, Sanaa, and most of it. from northern Yemen.

The proposal called for a nationwide ceasefire, including the cessation of all air, land and naval hostilities, and for the parties to ensure respect by forces on the front lines.

The UN and its western allies have stressed the threat of the coronavirus to push Yemeni fighters to accept further talks to end a war that has left millions of people vulnerable to disease.

Yemen has been mired in conflict since the Houthis overthrew the government of power in Sanaa in late 2014.

The conflict has killed more than 100,000 people and triggered an urgent humanitarian crisis that has pushed millions to the brink of starvation and forced thousands to seek refuge in camps for the displaced.



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