Yemen ceasefire to begin Tuesday May 12, at 11 PM: Saudi FM

Adel al-Jubeir says the stop in fighting will be renewable, depending on compliance by Houthi rebels


Reuters May 08, 2015
Houthi followers hold up their weapons during a demonstration against the Saudi-led air strikes, in Sanaa May 8, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS: Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says a five-day ceasefire in Yemen will start May 12 at 11 p.m.

Adel al-Jubeir says the stop in fighting will be renewable, depending on compliance by Yemen's Houthi rebels and their allies.

He urged them to cease fighting. He made the comments at a news conference in Paris.

Only hours ago, Saudi-led forces carried out air strikes in Yemen’s Saada province, a bastion of Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, and warned all civilians to leave a day after Riyadh promised a harsh response to cross-border Houthi attacks.

Read: Saudi-led air strikes target Houthi bastion in Yemen's Saada province

Saudi state television channel Al Ekhbariya said the whole of the northwestern province would become a military target from Friday evening, hinting at an escalation in the Saudi-led coalition’s six-week-old intervention in Yemen’s civil war.

Saudi Arabia yesterday offered a five-day humanitarian truce on Thursday to the Houthi militia it has hit with weeks of airstrikes in neighbouring Yemen, on condition that fighting across Yemen stops.

Read: Saudi Arabia offers five-day Yemen ceasefire

International concern about Yemen’s dire humanitarian situation has grown as fighting, airstrikes and an arms embargo have led to civilian deaths, internal displacement, destruction of infrastructure and shortages of food, medicine and fuel.

COMMENTS (2)

syed & syed | 6 years ago | Reply Cease fir is hox. Saudis are bombarding Evey day to consume their ammunition stock pile. They will and placing huge orders which is in the interest of ammunition making countries particularly UAS and France. They did the same in Iran Iraq war.tThey are part of nine Jathedar (group) as very clearly state in Soora Nahal ayat47
syed & syed | 6 years ago | Reply Saudi Arabia asked compliance by Hauthis and their allies for cease fire.Who are their allies please spell out and have courage to silence them On the same page Saudis said that whole of north western province would turn a military target. It is bug joke , in over 30 days of indiscriminate bombing what have you left in Yemen. They are brave people you were shy to send your boots in Yemen. Thank your stars that Houthis have no missiles. They have out dated ammunition and simply by mortar fires you left miles of you territory. How courageous are you throwing all sorts of bombs from a high altitude. Are you brave. Remember all the kings Arab soldiers got a good thrashing from Israel in 1967 and other wars baring Gaza and Lebanon
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