– Saudi Arabia announced a ceasefire in Yemen on Wednesday
The Riyadh-led military coalition fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen announced a ceasefire for the holy month of Ramadan on Wednesday morning.
The Saudi-led coalition backing the Yemeni government against the Houthi rebels in the conflict in Yemen announced a ceasefire on Wednesday evening and Wednesday morning for Ramadan fasting.
“On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, the Coalition announces the suspension of military operations in Yemen from 06:00 AM local time (05:00 AM Swiss time, author’s note),” the Agency de Saudi newspaper reported. .
The Coalition Command added that the ceasefire was aimed at “creating the conditions conducive to the success of the consultations (Yemen, editorial note) and the establishment of peace and security and stability in Yemen for the holy month of Ramadan.” In its press release.
Exchange of prisoners
Houthi rebels declared three days of unilateral fighting on Saturday after sixteen attacks on the kingdom on Friday. The ceasefire is proposed to be “permanent” if the rebels, backed by Iran, lift the “siege” on Riyadh Yemen, halt its airstrikes and withdraw its “forces” from the country from the war in 2014.
On Tuesday morning, Riyadh said it was waiting for “tough action” from Yemeni Houthi rebels before making a decision on a ceasefire. Insurgents on Sunday evening announced a deal to release 1,400 detainees held by the government against 823 Houthi detainees, including 16 Saudis, three Sudanese and the brother of Yemeni President Abdul Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
“A prisoner transfer agreement has been reached through the United Nations,” Houthi spokesman Abdelkader al-Murtada wrote on Twitter. Hody Heik, the manager of the government-owned file, said on Twitter that the deal was “still under review”.
The last prisoner exchange allowed the release of more than a thousand people in October 2020. Riyadh is holding talks on Wednesday under the Gulf Cooperation Council, which unites six countries, but will go to “enemy” territory without the participation of the Houthis.