Kerry Wants Pause in Saudi-Led Aggression on Yemen

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US Secretary of State John Kerry said he would discuss with Saudi Arabian officials how to implement a "humanitarian pause" in Yemen’s civil war, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that were adding to a crisis that had already caused thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries.

At a news conference in Djibouti, an African nation that had taken in several thousand refugees from Yemen, Kerry that it was important that conditions to the pause were adhered to so that no party uses the time period to seize territory or otherwise exploit the situation.

He said he was deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Yemen. "The situation is getting direr by the day," he said.

Furthermore, Kerry said he believed that a break in the fighting could be arranged in the coming days. He seemed to suggest that he discussed the situation this week with Iran’s foreign minister.

Kerry met with President Ismail Omar Guelleh and Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf before seeing top US military officials at Camp Lemmonier, which hosted thousands of US troops, contractors and civilian workers as well as aerial drones that fly over Yemen and Somalia.

Yemen had long suffered from desperate poverty, political dysfunction and al-Qaeda’s most lethal branch. It had become more unstable in recent months. However, the aggression on Yemen shows no signs of abating.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team