As hundreds of civilians killed, Saudis propose pause in Yemen fighting

CNN, By Hakim Almasmari, Jason Hanna & Josh Levs, May 7

Sana’a, YemenSaudi Arabia proposed a five-day ceasefire Thursday in Yemen so that humanitarian aid can be distributed.

The nation of more than 27 million people, to Saudi Arabia’s south, has been racked by war. A Saudi-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes to assist the ousted, but still internationally recognized, Yemeni government in its fight against Houthi rebels.

“There will be a ceasefire everywhere (in Yemen) or nowhere,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Thursday, sending the message to rebel leaders that violence anywhere in the country could end a ceasefire.

Houthi leadership will meet and discuss the proposal, two senior Houthi officials told CNN.

At a news conference in Riyadh with al-Jubeir, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United Sates welcomes the proposal and that work is being done to determine the details. Kerry said he believes more would be announced Friday, when he and al-Jubeir are expected to be in Paris.

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  • Yemen’s Houthis agree to 5-day truce proposed by Saudi Arabia

    RT, May 10

    Yemen consented to a five-day truce proposed by Saudi Arabia, which will begin on Tuesday, according to an army spokesperson allied with the Houthi forces.

    “We announce our acceptance of the humanitarian ceasefire that will begin on Tuesday,” Colonel Sharaf Luqman said in a statement broadcast by Yemen’s Saba news agency. Any violation of the ceasefire by Al-Qaeda or others would prompt a military response, he stressed.

    The ceasefire, which is to allow humanitarian aid in, is to come into force at 11pm (2000 GMT) on Tuesday.

    The Sunday announcement of the ceasefire deal comes hours after a Saudi-led coalition carried out air raids in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. The strikes targeted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s house, Reuters cited witnesses and members of ex-leader’s political party as saying. Reportedly, three explosions hit the area and heavy smoke was visible.

  • Officials: Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes Resume in Yemen

    AP, May 17

    Sana’a, Yemen — Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels resumed early Monday in the southern port city of Aden after a five-day truce came to a close following talks on the war-torn country’s future that were boycotted by the rebels.

    Coalition airstrikes hit rebel positions and tanks in several neighborhoods of Aden after the cease-fire expired at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Yemeni security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

    The cease-fire hadn’t halted all fighting in Yemen between the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and government forces loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

    Earlier Sunday, hundreds of Yemeni politicians and tribal leaders gathered in Saudi Arabia for three days of talks on Yemen’s future, but the Houthis refused to participate.

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