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The UN special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, welcomed the start of the cessation of hostilities, that began at midnight on Oct 19, and urged all parties to work and ensure that the terms are fully respected.

"The special envoy also notes that, the Cessation of Hostilities is fragile, but largely holding and underscores the improvement of the general security situation in Sana'a and several areas in Yemen," said UN spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, at a daily news briefing here.

He added that, the special envoy is liaising with the parties, to agree on an extension for the duration of the Cessation of Hostilities, to create a conducive environment for a long-lasting peace in the country.

Yemen's dominant Shiite Houthi group, traded accusations with Saudi Arabia on Friday, over breaching a ceasefire mediated by the United Nations, deepening the uncertainty of the peace process in the country.

The UN-brokered 72-hour ceasefire, meant to last for three days, came into effect on Wednesday midnight.

The ceasefire is aimed at facilitating humanitarian aid supplies, to war-stricken cities.

UN officials hoped, the truce would be extended, to pave the way for resuming stalled peace talks, and to end the war.


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