No End to Fighting in Sight

By Nasser Arrabyee

Nasser Arrabyee is a Yemeni journalist based in Sanaa and operator of the Yemen Alaan media company. He has written for several international publications, including the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Majalla, Bloomberg News Agency, IRIN, Ahram Weekly, Gulf News, and the Yemen Observer. He is also the producer of four international documentaries about the wars in Yemen, and is currently authoring a book about conflict in Yemen from 2000 to 2015.

Peace talks between the Saudi Arabians – who support the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Yemen – and the Houthis were set to begin Monday, after a UN-backed ceasefire went into effect April 10. But fighting has not ceased and the peace talks have been delayed. Yemeni journalist Nasser Arrabyee, who is based in the capital Sana’a, tells The Cipher Brief nothing will change until the Saudis stop their aggression.

The Cipher Brief: The warring parties in Yemen agreed to a ceasefire at midnight on April 10 ahead of a new round of peace talks that were set to start April 18 in Kuwait. What is the current situation on the ground? Will the ceasefire hold? Why haven’t past ceasefires held?

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