Yemen Ceasefire Agreement Raises Hope For Improved Humanitarian Access; U.N. SG Warns Situation Could Worsen In 2019

Agence France-Presse: U.N. warns Yemen could face ‘much worse’ in 2019
“U.N. chief António Guterres warned Sunday that ‘much worse’ lay in store for Yemen in 2019 unless its warring parties strike a peace deal and head off a humanitarian crisis. A high number of Yemenis have been dying in ‘very dramatic circumstances’ as a result of food shortages, Guterres told a news conference in Doha…” (12/16).

BBC News: Yemen crisis: Hudaydah ceasefire delayed after clashes
“An ‘immediate ceasefire’ in Yemen’s war will actually come into effect on 18 December, officials say, after the initial deal was followed by violence. The warring sides agreed to end fighting in the vital port city of Hudaydah last Thursday…” (12/16).

U.N. News: Yemen ceasefire deal: ‘Potential’ now to restore humanitarian lifeline to millions
“The freshly agreed Yemen ceasefire deal covering the key Red Sea governorates of Hudaydah and Taiz has been welcomed by the World Food Programme (WFP), which on Friday expressed hope that it would improve access for humanitarians and, just as crucially, commercial shipping…” (12/14).