‘Committed to Yemen truce’

Updated 10 April 2016
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‘Committed to Yemen truce’

CAIRO: The spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen’s rebels has said that the alliance is ready to commit to a cease-fire as long as the rebels abide by a UN Security Council resolution that calls for their pullout from Yemeni cities. Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri said the Iran-backed Shiite rebels should “show commitment” to the April 18 peace talks that could yield a political settlement. He said the rebels should also recognize the government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and hand over heavy weapons. If talks fail, Al-Assiri said, the military option remains on the table.


Hamas chief: Israel ignoring cease-fire terms for Gaza

Updated 32 min 51 sec ago
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Hamas chief: Israel ignoring cease-fire terms for Gaza

  • Ismail Haniyeh said the 2 million residents of Gaza didn’t see any improvements after the agreement
  • Hamas is leading mass protests along the Israel-Gaza border since March 2018

GAZA CITY: Hamas’ chief says Israel is ignoring the terms of an indirect cease-fire agreement for the Gaza Strip.
Ismail Haniyeh told foreign reporters in Gaza on Thursday that the understandings, brokered by Egypt, Qatar and the UN, now are “in the danger zone.”
He said Israel has shown “no respect” for the terms and the 2 million residents of blockaded Gaza who “have not felt” any improvement to their living conditions.
Israel acknowledges no formal arrangements.
Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade after the Islamic militant group violently seized control of the coastal Palestinian enclave in 2007.
Since March 2018, Hamas has led mass protests along the Israel-Gaza fence against Israel.
The two have fought three wars over the past decade and the informal understandings are aimed at preventing another war.