According to UN officials, the various factions in Yemen have agreed to a week-long humanitarian ceasefire, scheduled to begin Friday and intended to allow an increased flow of aid into the country from abroad.
The UN indicated that the ceasefire was unconditional, suggesting it was unrelated to the Hadi government’s talk of a truce in which the Shi’ite Houthis would have to agree to give up four provinces for the deal. Neither side has discussed that proposal any further.
Hadi forces, backed by Saudi warplanes, continued to carry out attacks across southern Yemen, killing 36 Houthi fighters over the course of several incidents in the area. The truce is to begin at 23:59 local time on Friday.
The timing of the ceasefire coincides with the last week of Ramadan, and will end with the end of Ramadan. It is likely that this, coupled with growing international disquiet about the humanitarian catastrophe the Saudi war against Yemen is causing, played a role in the decision to announce a new truce.