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World Yemen: Warring sides fail to meet truce extension deadline

12:21  03 october  2022
12:21  03 october  2022 Source:   dw.com

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The UN-proposal for the new truce extension included giving access into the Houthi-blockaded city of Taez © Abdulnasser Alseddik/AA/picture alliance The UN-proposal for the new truce extension included giving access into the Houthi-blockaded city of Taez

The deadline to extend the successful ceasefire in Yemen has come and gone without a new agreement. The UN special envoy has said he will continue to push for peace.The six-month UN-backed ceasefire that had brought the longest period of relative peace to war-torn Yemen came to an end on Sunday evening after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on extending the truce for another six months.

The news came in an announcement from the UN's special envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg.

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"The UN special envoy regrets that an agreement has not been reached today, as an extended and expanded truce would provide additional critical benefits to the population," his office said in a statement.

Grundberg was quoted as calling on both sides -- the Saudi-backed government and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels -- "to fulfill their obligation to the Yemeni people to pursue every avenue for peace."

Why did the truce extension in Yemen fail?

Clashes between the two sides were already reported on Sunday as the truce extension deadline passed.

Negotiations were still ongoing to return to the ceasefire with Grundberg saying he will "continue to work with both sides to try and find solutions."

He did not lay the blame on any particular side for the failed extension, but gave particular thanks to the Yemeni government for "engaging positively with my proposal."

ceasefire in Yemen is not extended

 ceasefire in Yemen is not extended Since April significantly less violence and less civilian victims have been registered. But now there is a threat of a new escalation in the south of the Arabian Peninsula. © Ahmad al -Basha/AFP/Getty Images The years of fighting have left traces in many places - here an archive picture from the city of Tais The negotiations on an extended ceasefire in the Yemen failed for the time being.

This had included increasing the number of flights from Sanaa airport and allowing more fuel ships to enter the Houthi-held port of Hodeida, currently under blockade. He also pushed for a commitment for both sides to release prisoners and resume an "inclusive" political process.

A statement from the Houthis on Saturday said the ceasefire was at "a dead end."

Despite residents in Houthi-controlled areas saying their lives had markedly improved under the truce, the Houthis blamed the government side for failing to agree on measures to "alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people."​​​​​​​

World's worst humanitarian crisis

The first two-month ceasefire was agreed in April and subsequently extended two more times.

The conflict broke out in 2014 when the Houthis captured the capital Sanaa and large swathes of northern Yemen, forcing the government to flee into exile.

A Saudi-led coalition, with support from the UAE, then joined on the side of the government. The Houthis have since targeted Saudi and UAE oil production facilities with drone strikes.

The six-month lull in fighting eased access to humanitarian aid upon which some 23.4 million Yemenis are reliant.

The fighting in Yemen has killed hundreds of thousands of people, including many civilians, and created what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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