Yemen army agrees to Riyadh plan for five-day halt to Saudi military attacks
Iran Press TV
Sun May 10, 2015 12:10PM
The Yemeni army has voiced consent to Saudi Arabia's plan for a five-day halt to its military attacks against Yemen with the ostensible aim of facilitating humanitarian aid to civilians in the impoverished Arab state.
"Following mediation from friendly countries to establish a humanitarian truce... we announce our agreement," said Colonel Sharaf Luqman, a spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces, on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, the Ansarullah fighters of the Houthi movement also voiced their "readiness to deal positively with any efforts, calls or measures that would help end the suffering."
The announcement came three days after Riyadh declared plans for a halt to its brutal military attacks against Yemen. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced the decision at a press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Riyadh. The truce is scheduled to go into effect on May 12.
Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 - without a UN mandate - in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to Yemen's fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.
The Saudi military campaign has reportedly claimed the lives of over 1,200 people so far and injured thousands of others. Hundreds of women and children are among the victims, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Al Saud regime has imposed a blockade on the delivery of relief supplies to the war-stricken people of Yemen in defiance of calls by international aid groups.
Earlier this week, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and medical charity group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), known in English as Doctors Without Borders, expressed "extreme" concern about the Saudi airstrikes on Yemen's lifelines and its obstruction of aid deliveries to the impoverished nation.
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