UK supports Saudi-led ceasefire in Yemen amid the coronavirus outbreak

April 9 (Reuters) - British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Thursday that the United Kingdom supported the Saudi-led ceasefire in Yemen that went into effect on Thursday amid the coronavirus outbreak and has raised hope for an end to the five-year-old war.

A Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi movement said it would halt military operations from 0900 GMT on Thursday for two weeks in support of United Nations efforts to end the conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people and spread hunger and disease.

"This is an important step towards the permanent ceasefire Yemenis need", Raab said on Thursday. "I urge the Government of Yemen and the Houthis to immediately cease all hostilities and engage constructively with these proposals."

The United States and Britain have provided the Saudi-led coalition with arms, intelligence and logistics support during the conflict.

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(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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