According to the UN, the warring parties in Yemen have agreed on a two-month ceasefire

UNITED NATIONS – Yemen’s warring factions have accepted a two-month truce beginning with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the UN envoy to Yemen said on Friday.

Envoy Hans Grundberg announced the agreement from Amman, Jordan, after meeting separately with both sides of the country’s brutal civil war. He said he hoped the ceasefire would be extended after two months.

The deal comes after a significant escalation in recent weeks, with Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claiming multiple cross-border attacks targeting the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

The ceasefire is due to begin on Saturday, the first day of Ramadan, and will also allow for the arrival of fuel supplies in Yemen’s main port city of Hodeida and the resumption of passenger flights from the airport in the capital Sanaa.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq said the warring sides agreed to halt all offensive military, air, ground and sea operations in and across Yemen, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The deal came after the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting Yemen’s Houthis since 2015 began honoring a unilateral ceasefire on Wednesday — an offer rejected by the rebels.

Last Saturday, the Houthis also announced their own unilateral initiative, which included a three-day suspension of cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia and fighting in Yemen. Their announcement came shortly after they claimed attacks on a key Saudi oil facility in the Red Sea city of Jiddah ahead of a Formula One race in the kingdom.

On Friday, Mohammed Abdel-Salam, the Houthis spokesman and chief negotiator, welcomed the ceasefire in a Twitter post. According to the UN, the warring parties in Yemen have agreed on a two-month ceasefire

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