Saudi Arabia offers five-day Yemen ceasefire




 
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May 7th, 2015  
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Topic: Saudi Arabia offers five-day Yemen ceasefire


By Lesley Wroughton and Mohammed Ghobari RIYADH/CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia offered a five-day humanitarian truce on Thursday to the Houthi militia it has hit with weeks of air strikes in neighboring Yemen, on condition that fighting across Yemen stops. International concern about Yemen's dire humanitarian situation has grown as fighting, air strikes and an arms embargo have led to civilian deaths, internal displacement, destruction of infrastructure and shortages of food, medicine and fuel. "The pause will affect all of Yemen for a period of five days," Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said. "This is all based on the Houthis complying with the ceasefire." The offer of a truce comes days after the Houthis started shelling Saudi border towns, prompting renewed air strikes in Yemen, and as the militia advanced into a last central area of Aden, a city whose fate is seen as pivotal to Yemen's civil war.




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