NEW YORK, -- With the 72-hour cessation of hostilities in Yemen coming to an end, the United Nations Envoy for Yemen yesterday urged all parties to agree to its extension for at least another renewable 72 hours so that humanitarian supplies continue to reach people affected by the ongoing conflict there.

"The ceasefire was largely holding despite reported violations from both sides in several areas," said the UN Special Envoy, Ismail OuldCheikh Ahmed, in a statement.

"We noted over the last days that food and humanitarian supplies were provided to several affected neighborhoods and that UN personnel were able to reach areas that were previously inaccessible. We would like to build on this and we aim for a wider outreach in the next few days," he added.

Earlier this year, the Yemeni parties agreed on the terms and conditions of the Cessation of Hostilities, which went into effect on 10 April 2016, but violations have occurred.

According to the Special Envoy, all Yemeni parties have recently assured him that they would recommit to the terms and conditions of the Cessation of Hostilities, and it re-entered into force at 23:59 Yemen time on 19 October 2016, for an initial period of 72 hours, subject to renewal.

The Special Envoy reminded all parties that these terms and conditions include an obligation to allow free and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies and personnel to all parts of Yemen, in addition to a full and comprehensive halt to military activities of any kind.

Source: Emirates News Agency