The Arab Coalition led by Saudi Arabia on Friday announced a one-month extension of an ongoing unilateral cease-fire in Yemen, Saudi local media reported.

The two-week cease-fire that went into effect on April 9 was extended in response to a call by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, the official SPA news agency quoted coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki as saying. 

This decision was made to allow parties to progress in negotiations for a permanent cease-fire, to agree on important economic and humanitarian measures and to continue the political process in the country, al-Maliki said.

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