Yemen begins Ramadan ceasefire following heavy fighting

July 11, 2015 01:30

Yemen's warring factions have unofficially accepted a ceasefire, which came into effect on Friday night.

The pause in the fighting will last about a week until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which falls on July 17, and aims to allow the delivery of assistance to some of the 21 million Yemenis in need.The UN has worked intensively to broker a ceasefire to halt more than three months of many-sided fighting inside the country and Saudi-led air strikes against the Houthis and their army allies that have killed more than 3,000 people.

Relief agencies say the fighting and a near-blockade imposed by an alliance of Arab states, aimed at stopping weapons deliveries to the Houthis, have caused a humanitarian disaster in Yemen, with over 80 percent of its 25 million people now needing some form of emergency aid.

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