Fragile Yemen truce comes into effect under UN plan
Oct20

Fragile Yemen truce comes into effect under UN plan

A fragile ceasefire took effect in war-ravaged Yemen just before midnight Wednesday, under a United Nations plan, as combatants face mounting pressure to end more than 18 months of fighting. The UN special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, had announced on Monday that the cessation of hostilities would take effect “at 23:59 Yemen time (2059 GMT) on 19 October 2016, for an initial period of 72 hours, subject to...

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Humanitarian pause begins in Aleppo
Oct20

Humanitarian pause begins in Aleppo

Humanitarian pause has come into effect in the Syrian city of Aleppo (360 kilometers from Damascus), the Syrian Army Command announced. According to the Command, the pause will last from 8:00 to 19:00 local time (5 am to 4 pm GMT). The Syrian government earlier announced the withdrawal of the troops from the positions in several areas of Aleppo “in order to allow the militants to leave Eastern Aleppo through special...

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Putin ready to extend Aleppo truce as France, Germany up pressure
Oct20

Putin ready to extend Aleppo truce as France, Germany up pressure

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said today he was ready to prolong a unilateral cease-fire in Aleppo, after tough talks in Berlin where the leaders of Germany and France refused to rule out sanctions against Moscow. Putin said he told the European leaders that Russia was “intending to extend as far as possible” a halt to its air raids in Syria’s second city, in order to allow civilians and rebels to leave the...

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72-hour truce in Yemen will start on night of October 20
Oct18

72-hour truce in Yemen will start on night of October 20

UN Special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced on Monday a plan for the resumption of a comprehensive cessation of hostilities in that country. According to the envoy’s written statement, a 72-hour truce will come into effect on the night on October 20. “The Special Envoy has received assurances from all Yemeni parties of their recommitment to the Terms and Conditions of the Cessation of Hostilities of 10 April...

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“Moscow against seven-day truces in Syria”
Sep29

“Moscow against seven-day truces in Syria”

Moscow regards as unacceptable truces for a term of seven days in Syria, this time is used for terrorists’ regrouping their forces, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said today. “We have repeatedly suggested 48-hour pauses, but the US for the reasons it alone knows has got stuck on the demand for seven-day pauses,” he said. “Seven-day pauses is a period enough for terrorist groups to take necessary measures to...

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