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UN and various NGOs celebrate extension of truce in Yemen

UN and various NGOs celebrate extension of truce in Yemen

Aden, Yemen, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) United Nations agencies and humanitarian organizations celebrated the extension of the truce for another two months in Yemen, which is devastated after a war that has lasted more than seven years.

The United Nations Children’s Fund highlighted in a statement the need to maintain the cessation of fighting.

Since the beginning of the truce in April 2022, the intensity of the conflict and the number of victims have reduced significantly, however, 113 children have been killed or maimed since that date, the institution stated.

The UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, David Gressly, “fully supported the efforts” of the United Nations special envoy for this country, Hans Grundberg, a key figure in the talks between the government and the Houthi rebels, who announced that the cessation of hostilities will be in effect from August 2nd until next October 2nd.

Raouf Mazou, deputy commissioner of the UN Refugee Agency, said on Twitter that the decision is “good news for the 4.3 million displaced Yemenis.”

The non-governmental organization Save The Children called to expand the truce as soon as possible and work to achieve peace, and recalled that more than 23.4 million people in the country need urgent humanitarian aid.

The new agreement “includes a commitment by the parties to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded truce agreement as soon as possible,” and according to Grundberg, its main objective is to provide tangible relief to civilians and create an environment conducive to reaching a peaceful solution to the conflict through a political process.

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