TRUCE IN YEMEN?


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As street protests continue to increase around the globe, Yemen finally may be experiencing a halt to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

After weeks of talks, the ongoing, devastating civil war that cost millions their lives and which has caused widespread starvation and destruction, may be coming to an end. 

Last Saturday, the Yemeni government and leaders of the separatist movement signed an agreement to end the conflict.

Of immense importance is the participation in the truce by Saudi Arabian leader Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, whose country invaded Yemen and was responsible for much of the bloodshed and humanitarian crisis.

The truce will include a new agreement in which the Southern Transitional Council representing southern Yemen, which had been fighting for secession, will be granted authority to reconvene a number of official ministries.

An official signing of the truce document is scheduled to take place today, 5 November, in Saudi Arabia, with both the Saudi Prince and President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi of Yemen in attendance.

The new agreement will form a new Yemeni government arrangement in which government ministries will be divided equally between the southern separatists and the northern provinces.

The United States, complicit in the humanitarian crises through arm sales and tacit approval of past Saudi aggression in Yemen, was a major factor behind the scenes in bringing about the truce.

It was reported that on 30 October U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, put pressure on the Saudis to accept a truce.

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