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Truce violation in Yemen is worrisome

Filed on April 18, 2016

What Yemen needs today is careful monitoring of ceasefire, and stringent measures to discipline the violators.

Just a day to go before peace talks on Yemen were scheduled to begin in Kuwait, there are reports of ceasefire violations. The Houthi militia has allegedly bombed residential neighbourhoods in the city of Taiz. Yemeni news agency sources said that explosions were heard on Saturday night in several areas, and government installations were attacked. This is an open violation of truce, which came into force on April 10. In another incident, a suicide bomber reportedly killed four Yemeni soldiers on a checkpoint near the airport in Aden. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack. Both these incidents indicate that peace is a far cry for Yemen, as the non-state actors continue to have a field day. This is a worrisome development. As far as the Iran-backed militia is concerned, it is a breach of trust and the international community should take note of it.

What Yemen needs today is careful monitoring of ceasefire, and stringent measures to discipline the violators. Houthis and other anti-government political elements should realise that peace and stability are prerequisites for the collective betterment of all the Yemenis. The year-long crisis and warfare has claimed more than 7,000 lives and the country's infrastructure is in ruins. The United Nations should intervene and ensure that the truce is upheld, and feuding parties attend the peace talks without any preconditions.

 

 


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