Yemen Saudi-backed government and southern separatists agree on a ceasefire

The Saudi-led coalition said the Yemeni government and the southern separatist army had agreed to a ceasefire and would begin talks on implementing a peace agreement in Saudi Arabia.

The government is based in the southern port of Aden and has been a close ally of the Saudi-led coalition in the war since 2014 over the Iran-coalition Houthis that control the capital.

However, the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) declared autonomy in April, and both sides were fighting in the south for a permanent ceasefire for the entire conflict. Has complicated the efforts of.

Tensions escalated over the weekend as the STC seized control of Yemeni island of the Arabian Sea, deposed its governor, and ousted the government army.

A statement from the Saudi-led coalition said the two sides had agreed to a ceasefire in the east of Aden, as well as in the province of Aban.

"The coalition called on all Yemeni political, social and media constituencies and powers to support the parties' response to a meeting in Riyadh and to work diligently to implement the agreement," the statement said.

The coalition said it would deploy observers in Aban to halt the ceasefire and forced separation.

Riyadh wants to prevent Yemen from developing another front in its allies in a multilateral war that has been trapped in a military stalemate for several years.

In what the United Nations describes as the world's biggest humanitarian crisis, more than 100,000 people have died, most of them civilians and most dependent on international food aid.

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