As the holy month of Ramadaan dawns, a two month truce has been struck in Yemen.
According to the United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg the truce will come into effect Saturday at 7pm (6pm SAST) and it can be extended. He says the pause in fighting will give Yemenis a necessary break from violence, some relief from the humanitarian suffering, and most importantly hope that an end to this aggression is possible.
Under the deal fuel-laden ships must be allowed to enter at the al-Hudaydah port and the airport in the capital Sana’ can be used for commercial flights.
Yemen’s Supreme Political Council had initiated this truce after it announced a unilateral three-day pause in retaliatory strikes against targets in Saudi Arabia. Subsequently the Riyadh-led coalition of aggressors announced that it would halt its attacks on Yemen.
For the past seven years Yemenis have been facing a deadly US-backed onslaught. Scores of people have been killed and thousands more displaced while integral public infrastructure has been destroyed. Riyadh has failed to achieve its political goals as Yemen has put up a fierce resistance.