#AceNewsReport – YEMEN:July.26: The leader of Yemen’s Houthi movement has rejected a ceasefire planned by its Saudi-led Arab coalition adversary, on the grounds that such a truce would allegedly benefit only the Islamic State militant group and Al-Qaeda.
“The battle goes on and the war is not over,” Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi wrote on the group’s Twitter account. The ceasefire was due to take effect on Sunday night.
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#AceNewsReport – Featured Update:UKRAINE:April.11: The participants of the trilateral contact group on the resolution of the Ukrainian crisis will hold a video conference on Tuesday, said the press secretary of the former Ukrainian president and Kiev’s representative in the talks, Leonid Kuchma, on Saturday.
“On April 14, a video conference of participants of the trilateral contact group with the representatives of the so-called Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics will be held,” Daria Olifer said. The talks will focus on the implementation of ceasefire, heavy weaponry withdrawal from the front line and the confirmation of this withdrawal by the representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) special monitoring mission, she said.
The negotiators will also discuss prisoner swaps and the creation of working groups on the security, political, economic and humanitarian aspects of the Minsk agreement, she said.
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#AceWorldNews – Latest on 5 Hour – Ceasefire – Thursday, July 17 – Updates
The Israeli security cabinet has agreed to a truce with Palestinian militant movement Hamas after discussions in Egypt. There was no immediate confirmation from Hamas or affiliated groups that they would support a ceasefire.
Three mortar shells have been fired from Gaza after Israeli authorities and Hamas agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire, said Israel’s military. Earlier, Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that two rockets from Gaza fell on the territory of southern Israel two hours after the truce began. The rockets caused no injuries or damages, he added.
Israeli tank fire has struck a house in Southern Gaza minutes before Israeli officials and Hamas agreed on a humanitarian ceasefire Thursday morning, reported medics. The attack killed three Gaza residents and seriously injured four other people, according to Emergency Services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra.
UN confirms receiving confirmation of a 5-hour “humanitarian pause” of the Israeli assault on Gaza.
United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process“received confirmation from the Government of Israel that a humanitarian pause will commence today, 17 July, at 10:00 a.m., for the duration of 5 hours,” the statement said, urging Hamas to respect this decision.
1. Owing to Egypt’s historical responsibility, and out of belief in the importance of achieving peace in the region, protecting the lives of innocents, and ending the bloodshed;
Egypt calls upon Israel and all of the Palestinian factions to enact an immediate ceasefire, due to the fact that escalation and mutual violence, and the victims that will result, will not be in the interest of either party as such, during the period of the ceasefire, both sides shall abide by the following:
a. Israel shall cease all hostilities against the Gaza Strip via land, sea, and air, and shall commit to refrain from conducting any ground raids against Gaza and targeting civilians.
b. All Palestinian factions in Gaza shall cease all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel via land, sea, air, and underground, and shall commit to refrain from firing all types of rockets, and from attacks on the borders or targeting civilians.
c. Crossings shall be opened and the passage of persons and goods through border crossings shall be facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.
d. Other issues, including security issues shall be discussed with the two sides.
2. Method of implementation of the initiative:
a. It has been decided to initiate implementation of the de-escalation agreements at — : — hours (GMT) on — / 7 / 2014, pending the implementation of a full ceasefire within twelve hours of the announcement of the Egyptian initiative and its unconditional acceptance by both sides.
#AceWorldNews says that reports of Rebel forces in South Sudan launched a major assault early on Tuesday against the key town of Malakal, the government-controlled capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile state, AFP said, citing witnesses.
“There is fighting on the outskirts of the town. It’s a very big, coordinated attack,” an independent source said.
The fighting is the heaviest since the government of President Salva Kiir and rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar signed a ceasefire agreement in neighbouring Ethiopia on 23 January.