UN urges renewal of Yemen truce as fighting rages

Despite the ceasefire, fierce gun battles have raged in Yemen between the Iran-backed Huthi rebels and pro-government forces over the past two days, according to military officialsThe UN envoy for Yemen called Saturday for the renewal of a 72-hour ceasefire in the country, though fighting has raged on between Shiite rebels and government forces despite the truce. The ceasefire took effect just before midnight (2100 GMT) on Wednesday to allow aid deliveries in Yemen, where the war has killed thousands of people and left millions homeless and hungry, and ended officially at midnight Saturday. “With the 72-hour Cessation of Hostilities in Yemen coming to an end, the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed urges all parties to agree to its extension for at least another renewable 72 hours,” said a statement posted on the envoy’s Facebook page.

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