Nov 22, 2016, 10:42 AM


Fighting in Yemen resumes as 48-hour ceasefire ends

Fighting in Yemen resumes as 48-hour ceasefire ends

NEW YORK , Nov. 22 (MNA) – The 48-hour cessation of hostilities in Yemen has expired and renewed fighting has been reported, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told reporters on Monday.

The armed conflict in Yemen had clearly resumed as the both sides reported ceasefire violations, including airstrikes and ground clashes, Dujarric said Monday.

"Both sides of a conflict reported violations, including airstrikes and ground clashes during the cessation of hostilities. The armed conflict, unfortunately, has clearly resumed," Stephane Dujarric told journalists.

During the cease fire, both sides to the conflict reported violations including airstrikes and ground clashes, Dujarric noted.

The main obstacle to the provision of humanitarian assistance in Yemen are bureaucratic impediments from all sides, Dujarric stated.

Despite the difficulties, aid reached 4.6 million people last month, the spokesman added.

Earlier on Monday, Saudi-led coalition spokesman General Ahmed Assiri said the ceasefire in Yemen came to an end because Houthis failed to comply with the conditions of the agreement.

The conflict between the Yemeni government and Houthis, which has been ongoing since 2014, has caused a humanitarian catastrophe.

Houthis have seized control over large areas of the county, including Yemen's capital of Sanaa and a number of ports on the Red Sea.

According to a UN World Food Program report on Yemen issued on November 14, more than 21 million people, or 82 percent of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance.



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