A destroyed funeral hall is seen after it was hit by a Saudi airstrike on in Sana’a, Yemen, October 13, 2016. (Photo by AP)
Russia and the United Nations have emphasized the need for all concerned parties in Yemen to abide by a UN-brokered ceasefire, which is scheduled to take effect as of Thursday.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and the UN secretary general’s special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, made the comments in a Tuesday meeting in Moscow, the TASS news agency quoted the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying.
The two sides also called for efforts to improve the humanitarian situation in Yemen and facilitate the resumption of negotiations on the conflict in the country. Previous talks did not bring back any more than agreements on prisoner exchange.
During the talks, “the two diplomats discussed in detail the prospects for a political and diplomatic settlement in Yemen and the role of the UN and its Security Council in supporting peace efforts in light of the ceasefire announced by the special envoy the day before, which comes into effect overnight to October 20.”
The UN envoy announced the truce on Monday, saying it would take effect at 23:59 local time on Wednesday. The official noted that assurances had been received from all Yemeni parties engaged in the conflict, and that the given time period was subject to renewal.
Yemeni children stand amid empty cans as they wait to fill them with water from a donated source in a village on the outskirts of the western Yemeni port city of Hudaydah on October 18, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
On Wednesday, Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, the country’s top governing body, welcomed the ceasefire, while demanding the Saudi invaders to end military attacks and lift its curbs on air, sea and land transport. 
The Houthi-run council announced “positive engagement” with the ceasefire plan, saying Yemen needed an immediate, lasting and comprehensive truce without conditions.
Heavily backed by Saudi airpower, gunmen loyal to Yemen’s former government, have been fighting against the Houthi Ansarullah and allied army forces to restore ex-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
The Saudi military campaign, which started in March 2015, has killed more than 10,000 people. The regime has a long record of truce violations during the war.

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