SANAA, Yemen (AP) – Yemen’s capital was mostly calm on Tuesday after a cease-fire negotiated by the country’s vice president and several Western ambassadors took effect, ending another day of violence that left 10 people dead, security officials said.
After the cease-fire came into force at 4 p.m. local time, only sporadic gunfire could be heard in the city, according the officials and residents.
The truce came on the third day of intensified clashes between opponents of the Yemeni regime and forces loyal to its embattled president. More than 60 people have been killed, most of them protesters, in the three days of bloodshed.
The truce was negotiated by Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and several foreign envoys, including the U.S. and British ambassadors in Sanaa, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.
In Geneva, the United Nations said Tuesday that four children were killed by gunfire during the unrest on Sunday and Monday. Marixie Mercado, a spokeswoman for the U.N.children’s fund, also said that 18 minors were wounded.
Mercado told reporters in Geneva that the casualties were confirmed by UNICEF’s local partners in Yemen.
Yemen’s turmoil began in February as the unrest spreading throughout the Arab world set off largely peaceful protests in the deeply impoverished and unstable corner of theArabian Peninsula that is also home to an al-Qaeda offshoot blamed for several nearly successful attempts to attack the United States.