A 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen will go into effect starting Thursday, the United Nations has announced.
A cessation of hostilities that first went into effect in April "will re-enter into force at 23:59 (local time) on 19 October 2016, for an initial period of 72 hours, subject to renewal," the UN's special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement yesterday.
Ahmed on Sunday said he had been in contact with the Huthi militia's lead negotiator and Hadi's government.
Saudi Arabia's impoverished neighbour has been rocked by a deadly war since pro-Iran rebels overran the capital Sanaa in September 2014.
However, the conflict escalated after an Arab coalition, led by Riyadh, launched a bombing campaign against the Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies in March 2015.
The conflict in Yemen has killed almost 6,900 people, wounded more than 35,000 and displaced at least three million since March last year, according to the United Nations.
"This is the time to implement a ceasefire unconditionally and then move to the negotiating table," US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters after the talks.
Previous attempts to enforce a ceasefire in the country have so far failed with the war intensifying after a round of peace talks in Kuwait ended in August without achieving a breakthrough.
The Saudi-led coalition has stepped up its air raids following the breakdown of talks and cross-border attacks from Yemen have also intensified.
The previous ceasefire, announced in conjunction with the start of the Kuwait talks, was hardly observed on ground, with both sides trading blame for violating the truce.