Unilateral Ceasefire

Saudi-led coalition has announced a ceasefire of two weeks in Yemen effective from the last Thursday. The war started in March 2015 to curb Iranian backed Houthi "Ansar Allah" movement. However, it only caused destruction and humanitarian crises. The pause to fighting came after the UN's appeal, while Saudis claim they did it to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Besides, according to the Houthi spokesperson, they will continue fighting until the blockade is lifted. Which might provoke Riyadh into retaliation. While given the bigger threat posed by COVID-19 and on-going miseries plaguing the country, all parties should respect the ceasefire. As a common enemy for all, coronavirus has made warring parties realize the need for resolve. There are 3000 confirmed cases in Saudi Arabia while none in Yemen. However, it will be catastrophic for the latter should the pandemic spreads with no healthcare system available. But Houthi's demand is also valid, as essential supplies must reach the people and it will also increase chances for a successful ceasefire. Further, it will create more room for peace talks.

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Detailed post can be found at Yemen Truce


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