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    Humanitarian Ceasefire to Be Called in Yemen in Next Few Hours

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    UN spokesman in Geneva Ahmad Fawzi said that all Yemeni parties involved in the first round of Geneva consultations have agreed to request a humanitarian truce in Yemen during the month of Ramadan.

    NEW YORK (Sputnik) All Yemeni parties involved in the first round of Geneva consultations have agreed to request a humanitarian truce in Yemen during the month of Ramadan, UN spokesman in Geneva Ahmad Fawzi told Sputnik on Thursday.

    “The parties of the Yemeni interlocutors with the United Nations agreed to declare a humanitarian truce with the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan,” Fawzi said in a statement.

    Fawzi added that he expects the ceasefire call to come in the next few hours.

    “The terrible and catastrophic crisis in Yemen requires the attention of 21 million people who are now in need of humanitarian assistance,” Fawzi told Sputnik in New York.

    Yemen has been in a state of turmoil in recent months, as the Houthi rebels seized large areas of the country, forcing the government and President Abd Mansur Rabbuh Hadi to resign.

    An international coalition of countries led by Saudi Arabia has been carrying out airstrikes against the rebels’ positions since late March following Hadi’s request.

    The death toll from the Arab coalition's air campaign in the country has led to 1,412 civilian deaths, the UN humanitarian office announced on Tuesday.

    The UN-brokered peace talks in the Swiss city of Geneva kicked off on Monday without the participation of Houthis, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for a two-month ceasefire to mark Ramadan.

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