A ceasefire in Yemen has begun on the eve of the UN peace talks set to take place in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mueen Abdulmalek, a member of the government delegation, said “we hope the militias will commit to the ceasefire this time,” referring to Iran-backed rebel forces in Yemen.
The Yemen War symbolizes another flash point of the Riyadh-Tehran rivalry that has also crippled Iraq and Syria. ISIS and Al-Qaeda have taken advantage of the instability in Yemen and have set up camps. Al-Qaeda hold considerable territory in the country.
The Saudi-led aggression against Syria has claimed the lives of atleast 6000 people including an average of 3 children a day since the war began 9 months earlier.
Yesterday, Save The Children released a report specifically on the mortality rate of children caught up in the indiscriminate bombing of civilian homes by the Saudi-led coalition.
“The international community’s reluctance to publicly condemn the human cost of conflict in Yemen gives the impression that diplomatic relations and arms sales trump the lives of Yemen’s children,” Save The Children’s country director Edward Santiago said.
“The world must not stand by while children are being bombed, it must demand that civilian lives and civilian facilities like hospitals are protected.”
He welcomed the peace talks and a commitment by Saudi Arabian forces to honor a ceasefire.