Yemen Envoy: still "momentum" for a ceasefire

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UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed is continuing consultations for a peaceful end to the conflict. Photo: UNMEER/Simon Ruf

The negotiator tasked with bringing an end to the Yemen conflict believes there's "momentum" for a ceasefire between the warring parties, the UN said Tuesday.

The development comes as UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed continues his push for a peaceful end to the conflict in the Arab peninsula state.

Meanwhile, the UN human rights office announced that civilian casualties from the conflict have now reached more than 1,900 since violence escalated in March.

Daniel Johnson has more.

As fighting continues in Yemen, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed believes there's still a chance of a ceasefire.

That's according to UN spokesperson in Geneva Ahmad Fawzi, who spoke to the Special Envoy in Cairo on Tuesday as he continued consultations.

"The Special Envoy still feels as he did in Geneva that there is momentum for a political solution to be reached and he is pushing all the parties in that direction."

The development follows discussions held by Special Envoy Cheikh Ahmed with the Arab League and the General People's Congress, founded by former Yemen president Ali Abdallah Saleh.

According to the Special Envoy, the question of putting monitors into Yemen is also something that Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby would "seriously consider" if a ceasefire was agreed.

Meanwhile, the UN human rights office OHCHR said that 1,916 civilians have died in the conflict since late March, and another 4,186 have been injured.

Citing human rights violations from all sides in the conflict, the UN human rights office highlighted a devastating attack on a residential area in Aden last month that killed 95 people, including 29 children.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations.

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