Arab Coalition announces one-month extension of Yemen ceasefire

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Fri, 24 Apr 2020 - 12:20 GMT

FILE PHOTO: Yemeni army soldiers secure the site of a funeral for a Yemeni army officer killed in the southern province of Abyan in clashes with UAE-backed southern separatist forces, in Marib, Yemen, August 31, 2019. REUTERS/Ali Owidha/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Yemeni army soldiers secure the site of a funeral for a Yemeni army officer killed in the southern province of Abyan in clashes with UAE-backed southern separatist forces, in Marib, Yemen, August 31, 2019. REUTERS/Ali Owidha/File Photo

RIYADH - 24 April 2020: The Arab Coalition on Friday said it was extending a unilateral ceasefire in Yemen by one month to support efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Al Arabiya reported.

A two-week ceasefire announced by the coalition that is battling the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen expired on Thursday without leading to a permanent truce.

“The coalition’s command reaffirms that there is still an opportunity to focus all efforts in order to achieve a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire,” coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said.

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