Moving towards a ceasefire in Yemen!

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Yemen has been struggling with a civil war since March 2015. The civil war is between the government and a group called the Houthis. The Government forces have been backed by Saudi Arabia and the Houthis by Iran. 

Yemen is one of the poorest nations in the world. During the civil war and since 2016, it has also been suffering from a famine. Thousands of people have died and millions are struggling to get enough to eat. World leaders are putting pressure on warring leaders to put an end to this disastrous humanitarian situation.

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani and rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam shake hands next to Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and UN chief Antonio Guterres. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Good news for Yemen! Earlier this month the two warring groups gathered in Sweden where the United Nations brokered peace talks. The outcome was positive as the parties agreed to a number of positive steps, including a ceasefire in the port city of Hodeidah.

The fighting has stopped for now. Over the next two weeks, the UN will ensure that troops leave the area. The port city of Hodeidah is very important as it is a gateway for most aid into the country. With this deal, many ships will be able to safely bring goods, food, and other kinds of aid into Yemen. This could help millions of people across the country.

In addition, the US and other countries have decided to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia to show an end of U.S. support for the war.  The leaders of the Yemeni peace process plan to continue talks again in January 2019.

Written by: Biyash Choksey

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