Yemen humanitarian truce a lifeline for civilians: aid agencies

A boy sits on a wagon as he waits for his mother to fill jerrycans with water from a public tap amidst an acute water shortage in SanaaBy Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A five-day humanitarian truce to allow fuel, medicine, food and aid workers to enter Yemen could be a "lifeline" for civilians trapped in conflict zones, aid agencies said on Wednesday. Yemen's dominant Houthi group accepted a ceasefire proposed by its adversary Saudi Arabia on Sunday, and it appeared to be broadly holding after more than six weeks of intense fighting. Backed by the United States, a Saudi-led coalition has been conducting air strikes against the Houthis and army units loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh since March 26 with the aim of restoring the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The conflict has driven an already poor country toward a humanitarian disaster, wounding and killing hundreds of civilians, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, and exposing many more to disease and malnutrition.


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