Yemen truce at ‘dead end’ — Houthi rebels

2. Yemen
Children stand outside a tent at a camp for the displaced damaged by torrential rains in the Jarrahi district of Yemen’s war-ravaged province of Hodeida on August 19, 2022. (File photo: AFP)

SANAA — The ceasefire in war-ravaged Yemen is at “a dead end”, the Iran-backed Houthi rebels said Saturday in a statement, a day before the UN-mediated truce is due to expire.اضافة اعلان

Yemen’s war between the Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led coalition since 2014 has left hundreds of thousands dead and created what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The temporary ceasefire, which took effect in April and has twice been renewed, is set to expire on Sunday, despite recent attempt by the UN envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, to extend it.

“Over the past six months, we haven’t seen any serious willingness to address humanitarian issues as a top priority,” the Houthi statement said, accusing the Saudi-led coalition of stalling in negotiations on measures that would “alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people”.

The warring sides have largely ceased fire and the truce has also allowed for some humanitarian measures, but both sides accuse each other of failing to live up to their commitments.

US ambassador to Yemen Steven Fagin said in a tweet on Saturday that he was “concerned about the lack of progress” in talks to extend the truce.

“I call on the parties not to squander the progress of the last six months,” he added, urging an “extension and expansion of the truce”.

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