Yemen parties agree to resume ceasefire for initial 72-hour period

A plan to resume a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Yemen on Wednesday has been announced by the UN special envoy for the country.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said he has received assurances from all Yemeni parties of their renewed commitment to a ceasefire that first went into effect in April.

Conflict between forces loyal to the President and Houthi rebels has displaced more than three million people.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The 72-hour ceasefire will re-enter into force at midnight Yemen time on Wednesday, the UN has confirmed.

According to a statement by the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, the truce is subject to renewal.

The temporary suspension of fighting will spare the Yemeni people further bloodshed and will allow for the expanded delivery of humanitarian aid, Ismail Ould Cheikh said.

He called for the reactivation of the DCC, a committee tasked with preventing further violations and avoiding any military escalation.

Mr Cheikh also urged for the deployment of DCC members to the Dharan Al Janoub region near Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia, as agreed during the Kuwait peace talks.

The UN-facilitated negotiations ended on 6 August.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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Source: United Nations Radio.