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Response to Saudi-led coalition announcement of unilateral ceasefire in Yemen

Save the Children's response following the Saudi-led coalition's announcement of a unilateral nationwide ceasefire in Yemen, effective for two weeks from Thursday.

Xavier Joubert, Country Director for Save the Children in Yemen

"A ceasefire would be a huge step towards finally bringing safety to millions of children and families in Yemen after five years of brutal conflict. But attempts to de-escalate two weeks ago failed when violence escalated almost immediately, killing and injuring scores of civilians – including children.

“With the threat of coronavirus growing every day, it is now more crucial than ever for all sides to implement a ceasefire so health workers and the humanitarian community can prepare for what would be a devastating outbreak in a country where only half of health facilities are still functioning.

“We also call on parties to the conflict to go back to the negotiating table to achieve lasting peace and finally put an end to the suffering of Yemeni children.”

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