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UNSC urges immediate end to ‘significant escalation’ of Yemen fighting

UNSC urges immediate end to ‘significant escalation’ of Yemen fighting

The UN Security Council has called for an immediate end to a “significant” escalation in fighting in Yemen between Houthi Shiite rebels and the Saudi-led military coalition supporting the country’s government.

In a statement on Thursday, member states “underlined their disappointment” at the return to violence, saying it “threatens to undermine progress made during the recent period of de-escalation in Yemen.”

The council also expressed hope “that a renewed de-escalation would create space for the Yemeni parties to move towards comprehensive and inclusive UN-led negotiations.”

The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths on Tuesday urged a halt to the recent “alarming military escalation” in fighting “before it is too late.” Less than two weeks ago, Griffiths had reported to the council on a major reduction in military operations, AP said.