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Saudi Arabia Attempts Another Cease-fire in Yemen

Apr 9, 2020 | 18:41 GMT
Houthi forces patrol the streets of Sanaa, Yemen, ahead of the arrival of U.N. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths at the city's airport on Jan. 31, 2019.

Houthi forces patrol the streets of Sanaa, Yemen, ahead of the arrival of U.N. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths at the city's airport on Jan. 31, 2019.

(MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen announced that a two-week cease-fire in the anti-Houthi Yemen conflict would begin on April 9. The worsening COVID-19 pandemic in both Saudi Arabia and Yemen is driving both countries to want to preserve their military resources. For Saudi Arabia, de-escalating operations in the war-torn country would also allow it to focus on other burning fires at home, including its shaky Vision 2030 economic trajectory and the recent breakdown of OPEC+ cooperation. A sustained cease-fire, however, will ultimately rely on the buy-in of Houthi rebels, who have continued to display their military might in the face of a gradually reduced coalition effort in Yemen. Indeed, Houthis launched ballistic missiles at residential neighborhoods in the coalition-held city of Marib mere hours before Saudi Arabia announced the agreement. ...

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