The ceasefire between the Houthi rebels and pro-government forces in Yemen was broken just minutes after going into effect. Pro-government officials reported ongoing clashes. The truce went into effect at midnight on Tuesday in the port city of Hudaydah. The civil war which has lasted four years has pushed millions to the point of starvation.
The Houthi rebels and Yemeni government have reached a truce agreeing to a ceasefire for the port city of Hudaydah. Talks took place in Sweden and were brokered by the UN. All forces from both sides will withdraw from Hudayah in the coming days and be replaced by local forces according to the UN.
As planned peace talks in Sweden approach, a UN plane will evacuate 50 Houthi militants from the rebel-controlled capital of Yemen, Sana’a, on Monday. The move is a ‘confidence-building measure’ according to a Saudi-led military coalition. The wounded Houthis will be taken to Muscat for treatment. The evacuation is a step forward in negotiation efforts.
An estimated 85,000 children under age 5 may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of Yemen’s civil war in 2015, an international aid group said Wednesday. Save the Children based its figures on mortality rates for untreated cases of Severe Acute Malnutrition, SAM, in young children. The U.N. says more than 1.3 million children have suffered from SAM since a Saudi-led coalition went to war with Yemen’s Houthi rebels in March 2015.
A leader of the Houthi movement Mohammed Ali al-Houthi announced on Sunday that he is willing to institute a ceasefire if the Saudi-led coalition is willing to do the same. The UN is attempting to facilitate talks to end the war which has caused the worst humanitarian crisis in world history.
Britain believes there is a chance for the civil war in Yemen to end and is pushing for a new United Nations resolution. The Yemeni port city of Hodeidah was attacked with almost 100 airstrikes over the weekend. UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt said the UK will use ‘all its influence’ to push for an end.
Save the Children charity warned that another one million children are at risk of famine in Yemen, reaching a total of 5.2 million. Food insecurity is due to rising prices of food and falling value of the Yemeni currency. Further threat comes from fighting surrounding the key port of Hudaydah, an entry point for aid.
Following an airstrike that killed 44 children, lawmakers increased pressure on the Trump administration to adjust US support for the war in Yemen. The US has conducted aerial refueling of Persian Gulf planes and provided some intelligence support. Critics say involvement has exposed the US government to claims of responsibility for thousands of civilian deaths.
Dozens of people including at least 29 children were killed on Thursday when an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition struck a school bus in northern Yemen. The US-backed coalition called the attack a ‘legitimate military operation.’ The International Committee of the Red Cross commented that ‘under the international humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict.’
The world’s most severe humanitarian disaster worsened on Wednesday when delivery of supplies to millions of Yemenis was disrupted by an attack on Yemen’s main Red Sea port by a Saudi-Arabia led military coalition. The attack was aimed at dislodging the Iranian-allied rebel group, the Houthis, and 22 Houthi rebels were killed in the attack.