Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Tuesday welcomed a call by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for humanitarian cease-fires around the world to help the fight against the novel coronavirus.

On Monday, Guterres pleaded with warring parties around the world to “put aside mistrust and animosity, silence the guns and stop the artillery and airstrikes”.

Guterres’ call “is important for rallying efforts of the international community in the fight against coronavirus”, so-called Houthis’ Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf Abdullah said in statements cited by the Houthi-run Saba news agency.

He voiced hope that the Saudi-led coalition “would respond positively to the UN call

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