Saudi authorities have declared that Saudi Arabia led coalition operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen have been suspended since yesterday. Analysts speculate that this will end the bloody war that has been going on for the past five years.
Last month, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Yemen to take steps to stop the war and prevent the spread of coronavirus. United Nations Secretary-General calls on all parties to coordinate with UN special envoy Martin Griffiths to end wartime violence across the country. On Wednesday, Martin Griffiths welcomed the ceasefire decision.
The two sides are expected to discuss the video conference to discuss the ceasefire. The ceasefire calls for the termination of all types of aircraft, ground, and naval violence. A coalition statement said, “The coalition announces a cease-fire for two weeks beginning Thursday, in an effort to enlist the United Nations and reduce the suffering of the Yemenis and control the Coronavirus pandemic.”
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In March 2015, Houthi rebels ousted Yemeni President Mansour Hadi and seized the capital Sanaa. He fled to Riyadh and sought refuge from Saudi supporters. Saudi Arabia launched a military operation called ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ with United Arab Emirates (UAE) and United States allies against the Houthis. So far thousands of civilians have been killed and millions of people have been left homeless in this operation. Yemen is in the grasp of starvation.
The coalition statement one point clear that, the ceasefire had been proposed because of fear of coronavirus. The decision is believed to have taken place in view of the fragile situation in Saudi Arabia’s health system.
At least, one hundred and fifty members of the Saudi royal family have been infected with the coronavirus. Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud has been affected in Coronavirus. He’s in the ICU. Two members of the family have informed of this information. Several Prince of Saudi royal houses who recently traveled to Europian countries also is on the list of victims.
Saudi King Salman leaves the royal family and lives in a safe distance in a building in Jeddah. Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) and several members of the cabinet are leaving the royal family and living in remote areas.
The first coronavirus infection was detected in Saudi on March 2. Died 43 people in the country in six weeks. 2813 people have been infected. All the top doctors of the country’s famous hospitals, who are treating members of the Saudi royal family, are busy working to build a 500-bed hospital. There, those who are not suspicious of the royal family and their close relatives will be treated.
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