(Bloomberg) -- The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi rebels is set to announce a ceasefire in military operations in the next few hours, according to a senior Yemeni official.
The official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media did not provide further details. This would not be the first ceasefire in the conflict.
Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, a member of the Iran-backed Houthi ruling political council, said in a statement carried by Houthi media and on his Twitter account that they will not accept “partial or patchwork solutions,” adding that they had presented their vision to United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths for “a full ceasefire and lifting of the blockade.”
The Saudi decision comes in response to the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s call for a ceasefire in Yemen to focus efforts on fighting coronavirus if theres an outbreak in the war-torn country.
There have been no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Yemen, which has been ravaged by a five-year war.
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