Humanitarian Organizations in Yemen Call For Truce Extension Set To Expire Tomorrow

Humanitarian agencies on Monday urged the warring parties in the Yemeni conflict to extend a four-month ceasefire brokered by the UN, one day before it expires on August 2.

In a joint statement, the humanitarian organizations in Yemen urged all parties to adhere to and extend the agreement to protect civilians across the war-hit country and allow them to rebuild and recover their lives.

“During the past four months, ordinary Yemenis have experienced the longest period of calm in the country in over seven years. Since the truce entered into force on April 2, reports of civilian casualties have dropped significantly,” the statement said.

The seven-year deadly war between Yemeni government forces backed by Saudi Arabia and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels has left hundreds of thousands of people dead, while millions of others are on the brink of famine.

Saleh Ahmed, a 50-year-old resident in the capital Sanaa said that he fears a new cycle of war if the truce is not extended in the immediate future.

“The ceasefire expiry is a rebirth of multiple ordeals. Roads will block, civilian deaths will mount, and the price of basic goods will jump,” Ahmed told Aljazeera.

The UN-sponsored truce has been the longest respite Yemen has seen in several years of war, during which commercial flights between Sana’a, Jordan’s capital “Amman” and Egypt’s “Cairo” have allowed over 8,000 Yemenis to access lifesaving medical care, pursue education, and business opportunities.

A statement from the humanitarian organizationw said that in the past four months of the truce, more fuel ships have entered Hudaydah port than in the whole year of 2021.

The statement lamented that these developments would end in vain sans extension of truce, where again civilians would be the prime victims.

So far, there is no word on an extension of the truce by the involved parties in the Yemen conflict.

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