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UN envoy in Yemen ceasefire talks amid coronavirus threat (02.04.2020)

The United Nations envoy to Yemen said Thursday he was engaged in talks with the country’s warring parties to secure a nationwide ceasefire to help counter the threat of the coronavirus. Martin Griffiths’ office said he is discussing “concrete steps” with the warring sides despite a recent...

Houthis welcome Saudi support for ceasefire amid pandemic (26.03.2020)

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi "welcomed" the Saudi-led coalition's decision to support a ceasefire. The ceasefire proposal was a response to a UN call amid the coronavirus outbreak.

UN chief calls for ceasefire as Yemen braces for possible COVID-19 outbreak (25.03.2020)

Echoing his 23 March appeal to warring parties across the globe for an immediate ceasefire, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on those fighting in Yemen to end hostilities and ramp up efforts to counter a potential outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Report of the Secretary-General on UNDOF (20.03.2020)

During the reporting period, the ceasefire between Israel and the Syrian Arab Republic was generally maintained, despite an increase in the number of violations of the Agreement on Disengagement between Israeli and Syrian Forces (Disengagement of Forces Agreement) of 1974.

Yemen coronavirus lockdown to hamper relief effort (17.03.2020)

The banning of flights in and out of Yemen to reduce the spread of coronavirus has seen international relief teams scaled back to essential staff only, medical evacuations halted, and a scheme to limit aid fraud using fingerprinting technology likely put on ice. Top priority, life-saving assistance...

Preventing a deadly showdown in northern Yemen – ICG briefing (17.03.2020)

A Huthi offensive threatens to engulf Marib, a province controlled by Yemen’s internationally recognised government and full of internally displaced people. Outside powers should act now to halt the fighting, which could deepen the existing humanitarian crisis and ruin peace efforts elsewhere in...

Rockets target Iraqi base hosting foreign troops (17.03.2020)

The attack is the third targeting military bases hosting foreign forces in a week.

De-escalate now, to steer Yemen off ‘precarious path’, UN Security Council hears (12.03.2020)

Yemen is at a “critical juncture”, the UN Special Envoy for the country told the Security Council on Thursday. Speaking via video-link, Martin Griffiths said that the combatants will either move towards de-escalation or greater violence, which would make “the path to the negotiating table more...

UN mission urges ‘maximum restraint' following deadly attack on foreign troops (12.03.2020)

The UN mission in Iraq has called for ‘maximum restraint’ following a deadly attack on foreign forces serving under the United States-led coalition against the militant group ISIL.

Yemeni army says sites near Saudi border wrested from rebels (09.03.2020)

Yemen’s army said it wrested control of several northern towns from the Iran-backed Houthi rebels Monday, a step toward reversing the rebels’ rapid gains in the strategic area.