A U.N.-brokered two-month truce in Yemen is now in its second week. The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels agreed to halt all offensive operations inside Yemen and its borders. Fuel ships are now allowed to enter Hodeidah ports, and the airport in Sana’a is reopening. Over the past six years, the U.N. estimates the war in Yemen has killed nearly 400,000 people — many from hunger. Democracy Now! speaks with Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the human rights organization Democracy for the Arab World Now, who says the truce deal, which is the first of its kind, is a “tremendously positive development.” She says domestically, it remains whether the U.N.’s attempt to establish a new government structure will hold as the U.N. has excluded Houthis from the negotiations.
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