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发表时间:2019-01-09内容来源:VOA英语学习网

It starts in the Middle Eastern country of Yemen.

After more than three years of war there, the sides that are fighting have agreed to a ceasefire in Hodeida. That's just one city in Yemen but here's why this is significant. Hodeida is a port. It's held by the rebels who are fighting the Yemeni government. It's under siege by the forces that support that government and Hodeida is an entry point for 70 percent of the humanitarian aid that Yemen gets from other countries.

It needs it. In addition to the devastation caused by the war, the United Nations says that Yemen is the site of the world's worst famine in 100 years and 20 million people there are said to be hungry. The ceasefire's one of the agreements that was reached this past week in Sweden where the two sides fighting Yemen's war have been meeting. They've been having their first direct talks in more than two years. And along with the ceasefire in Hodeida, they agreed to exchange a number of prisoners and to try to reduce violence around another Yemeni city.

The civil war extends well beyond the nation's borders. Saudi Arabia supports Yemen's government. Iran supports the rebels who are fighting Yemen's government. The civilians who are caught in the crossfire are suffering.

今天首先来关注中东国家也门。

在也门战事持续了三年多之后,交战双方同意在荷台达停火。虽然只是在一个也门城市停火,但这同样具有重要意义,下面我们来解释一下原因。荷台达是港口城市。该市由对抗也门政府的反对派控制。荷台达目前被支持政府的力量围困,其他国家为也门提供了人道主义援助,这些援助有70%要从荷台达进入也门。

也门急需援助。联合国表示,除了战争造成的破坏之外,也门还出现了100年来世界上最严重的饥荒,据悉该国有2000万人生活在饥饿之中。也门交战双方一直在瑞典进行和谈,而这一停火协议是双方在上周达成的多项协议之一。这是双方两年多以来首次举行直接会谈。除了同意在荷台达停火之外,他们还同意交换多名囚犯,并尽力减少也门另一个城市的暴力事件。

也门内战扩大至该国边界之外。沙特阿拉伯支持也门政府。伊朗支持对抗也门政府的反对派。而被困在战火之中的平民则饱受痛苦。

来自:VOA英语网 文章地址: http://www.elvesofthewood.com/19/01/CNN09081554ai.html