The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has extended the unilateral ceasefire in Yemen by one month to bolster efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The announcement to extend the ceasefire in the war-torn country was made on Friday by the coalition’s spokesperson Turki al-Maliki. The extension comes after the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels rejected a two-week ceasefire declared by the military coalition that came to an end on Thursday.
“The coalition reaffirms that there is still an opportunity to focus all efforts in order to reach a comprehensive and lasting ceasefire in Yemen,” Turki al-Maliki said.
Violence continued in several provinces in the country despite the two-week ceasefire. There are fears that the fighting might shatter Yemen’s ability to fight coronavirus.
The Houthis are demanding the lifting of air and sea blockades imposed by the coalition to the regions they control before agreeing to a ceasefire.