The warring sides in Yemen's seven-year conflict have for the first time in years agreed a nationwide truce, which would also allow fuel imports into Houthi-held areas and some flights operating from Sanaa airport, the United Nations envoy said on Friday.
United Nations and United States envoys on Wednesday welcomed unilateral truce moves by Yemen's warring sides as encouraging steps, while stressing the need for a more comprehensive ceasefire that would help alleviate a dire humanitarian crisis.
The Biden administration has transferred a significant number of Patriot antimissile interceptors to Saudi Arabia within the past month, fulfilling Riyadh’s urgent request for a resupply amid sharp tensions in the relationship, senior U.S. officials said.
Over the weekend, the Houthis routed a Saudi-led army in Harad, killing 95 soldiers, both Saudis and Sudanese. Wednesday, the Houthis issued a statement claiming another major gain in the neighboring Hayran District.
Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of US Central Command (CENTCOM), visited the UAE this week and vowed more support for Abu Dhabi’s war against the Houthis as the US escalates its involvement in the war in Yemen.
Seven years into the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen, the White House has made an assessment on ceasefire efforts, saying the lack of progress is totally not Saudi Arabia’s fault. Instead, the US is blaming the Houthis.
Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi group on the capital Sanaa killed at least 20 people overnight, including civilians, Houthi media and residents said, in one of its deadliest attacks since 2019.
As they have so many times in this war, Saudi Arabia has announced an escalation of the aerial bombardment of Yemen this weekend, admonishing civilians to avoid driving in several provinces at risk of being targeted.