Saudi-led alliance mulls partial truces in Yemen

United Nations says the humanitarian situation has grown desperate after weeks of air strikes
Saudi-led alliance mulls partial truces in Yemen
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By Reuters
Mon 04 May 2015 06:09 PM

A Saudi-led Arab alliance conducting air strikes against Houthi
fighters in Yemen is considering calling truces in specific areas in Yemen to
allow humanitarian supplies to reach the country, the Saudi foreign minister
said on Monday.

Adel Al Jubeir
also said Saudi Arabia might host a centre to coordinate delivery of
humanitarian supplies.

The United
Nations says the humanitarian situation in Yemen has grown desperate after
weeks of air strikes.

"The
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is holding consultations with members of the alliance
in defence of legitimacy in Yemen and all countries that support it, to create
specific areas inside Yemen to deliver humanitarian supplies, where all aerial
operations will stop at specific times to allow these supplies in, as
stipulated by UN Security Council resolution 2216," Jubeir said in a
statement.

The resolution
imposes an arms embargo on the Houthis and on their allies - army units loyal
to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh - and demands they disarm and leave
captured cities, including the capital Sanaa that they seized in September.

Jubeir warned
the rebels against exploiting the truces, saying air strikes would resume if
the Shi'ite Muslim group did not abide by the truce.

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