A cease-fire proposed by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen has gone into effect, potentially paving the way for an end to the more than 5-year-old conflictBy NOHA ELHENNAWY Associated PressApril 9, 2020, 1:01 PM4 min readCAIRO — A cease-fire proposed by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen went into effect Thursday, potentially paving the way for an end to the more than 5-year-old conflict. Saudi officials announced late on Wednesday that the cease-fire would last for two weeks and that it comes in response to U.N. calls to halt hostilities amid the coronavirus pandemic. Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman tweeted on Thursday that it “will hopefully create a more effective climate to deescalate tensions” and enable the sides to work toward a political settlement. He also tweeted that Saudi Arabia would contribute $500 million to U.N. relief efforts in Yemen this year, and an additional $25 million to combat the pandemic. “It is up to Houthis to put the health and safety of the Yemeni people above all else,” the prince wrote. The Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Houthis since 2015 on behalf of the U.N.-backed government of Yemeni


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