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Virus Forces Two-Week Yemen Truce, Spurring Hope for End to War

  • Saudi coalition declares cease-fire in fight with Yemen rebels
  • UN chief had appealed for cessation of fighting in country
Soldiers in the back of a pickup truck during a patrol in Sana’a on March 23.

Soldiers in the back of a pickup truck during a patrol in Sana’a on March 23.

Photographer: Mohammed Huwais/AFP via Getty Images
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Saudi Arabia said its two-week cease-fire in Yemen was intended as a step toward ending the war, with the more immediate aim of reducing hostilities as the coronavirus threatens the region.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels ordered a truce starting at 12 p.m. local time on Thursday, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing Colonel Turki al-Malki, the spokesman for the alliance. The decision was taken to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the war-torn country and to build confidence between the combatants, the news service said.