Damaged homes in Taiz city. Photo: NRC

Yemen: Truce must now lead to lasting peace

Published 02. Aug 2022
Statement by Erin Hutchinson, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Yemen Country Director in reaction to the announced extended truce:

“The announcement of a second truce extension today means that Yemenis will enjoy peace for at least another two months. It is now time to make sure they enjoy it forever.

“After seeing swift and decisive action towards the success of the truce in the first months, progress towards meeting all of its elements has slowed in the last two months. We hope this two-month extension will allow for the reopening of roads linking cities and regions, enable more displaced people to return to their homes safely, and ensure humanitarian aid can reach people who have been out of reach for far too long because of hostilities.”

Notes for editors

  • The number of civilians killed and injured in Yemen dropped by more than 50 per cent in the first month of the truce.
  • The agreement is the first nationwide truce since 2016 in Yemen.
  • The truce allowed some displaced people to return to their homes.
  • The truce partially reopened Sana'a airport and resumed flights to Amman and Cairo, helping patients in critical need of lifesaving medical treatment to leave the country.
  • The truce partially reopened Hodeidah port to fuel ships and helped alleviate Yemen's ongoing energy crisis.
  • NRC has spokespeople in Yemen and the region available for interviews.

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