Man looks at a house destroyed in an airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen 090420 CREDIT PA Xinhua News Agency.jpg
Middle East

UN Demands Ceasefire And Peace Talks In Yemen

The two warring parties have been urged to start negotiations "to comprehensively end the war".

Man looks at a house destroyed in an airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen 090420 CREDIT PA Xinhua News Agency.jpg

The United Nations has given Yemen’s warring parties revised proposals for a nationwide ceasefire and the urgent resumption of peace talks.

Yemen's internationally-recognised government, which is backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the rival Iranian-backed Houthi Shiite rebels have been urged to accept the proposed agreements "without delay" by the UN's Special Envoy to the country, Martin Griffiths.

Mr Griffiths also said the two groups needed to start negotiations "to comprehensively end the war".

A two-week ceasefire proposed by the Saudi-led coalition in response to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' appeal for a halt to hostilities in all global conflicts went into effect on Thursday.

The Houthis dismissed the offer.

The Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Houthis since 2015 on behalf of the UN-backed government of Yemeni President Abed Rabo Mansour Hadi.

The conflict has killed more than 100,000 people and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, leaving millions suffering from food and medical care shortages and pushing the country to the brink of famine.

Cover image: Buildings destroyed in an airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen (Picture: PA/Xinhua News Agency).