First Truce in 6 Years in Yemen

Yemen’s warring political parties signed a two-month ceasefire agreement last week, marking the first truce in Yemen since 2016. This step is the most significant move taken in Yemen to end the hostilities between the two parties since the war started seven years ago. The truce is also a big win for the UN and United States who have both been attempting to strike permanent peace in the region. While this truce is mainly self policed--in contrast to the truce in 2016 that was monitored by the AUN--it has huge potential to open up the door for more permanent and official peace talks.

The war in Yemen began in 2014 when Houthi insurgents--Shiite rebels with links to Iran and a history of rising up against the Sunni government--took control of Yemen’s capital. After the rebels' attempts at negotiation failed, they overtook the presidential palace and forced President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government to resign.

Ever since, the conflict in the region has been catastrophic and a major concern to the international community. The Global Conflict Tracker estimated that 20.7 million were in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen, and nearly 111,000 people have been killed. In 2021, Houthi rebels launched another military campaign to overtake Marib, Yemen’s remaining internationally recognized government. The rebels conducted missile airstrikes, significantly raising the amount of attacks and conflict in the nation.

BCC sophomore Davi Rodrigues has been following this conflict digilantly. He shares that the truce is “very good for the kids of Yemen especially who have been suffering and starving for years, and hopefully this can influence Russia to pursue peace with Ukraine.” Thus, the truce is a significant step towards the end of a major global humanitarian crisis.