Saudi Arabia accepts UN call for coronavirus ceasefire in Yemen – reports


The Saudi-led coalition has reportedly agreed to a truce in Yemen – five years to the day of launching an intervention there – as part of a United Nations call for a global armistice among the Covid-19 pandemic.

Riyadh’s decision to stand down follows the acceptance of the ceasefire by the pro-Saudi followers of ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebels that have controlled the capital since January 2015.

Hadi government, Houthis and #Saudi-led Coalition accept UNSG Envoy Griffiths’ call for a ceasefire in #Yemen to combat #coronavirus

— Nabeel Nowairah (@NabeelNowairah) March 25, 2020

The chair of the Houthi rebels’ Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, welcomed Riyadh’s support for the ceasefire, while expressing hopes in a tweet later on Wednesday that it would “translate [into] practice.” It remains to be seen whether the ceasefire will hold, since numerous previous attempts by the UN to broker one have all faltered. …read more