The announcement from UN Special Envoy for Yemen came only a few hours before the original truce was set to expire.
Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to renew a nationwide truce for another two months, the United Nations said, a rare bright spot for a country plagued by eight years of war.
“I commend the parties for taking these steps, and for agreeing to extend the truce," UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said in a statement on Thursday.
"The truce represents a significant shift in the trajectory of the war and has been achieved through responsible and courageous decision making by the parties.”
The ceasefire between Yemen’s internationally recognised government and the Houthi rebels first came into effect on April 2 – the first nationwide ceasefire in the past six years of Yemen’s civil war.
The announcement, which is the outcome of UN's continuous and concerted efforts, came only a few hours before the original truce was set to expire later on Thursday.
Grundberg vowed that he will continue to mediate talks between the warring parties to ensure the consolidation of the new truce, and to eventually reach a political settlement to end the conflict.
The provisions of the original truce included reopening the roads around Taiz, establishing two commercial flights a week between Sanaa and Jordan and Egypt, and also allowing 18 vessels carrying fuel into the port of Hodeida. Both Sanaa and Hodeida are controlled by the rebels.
Fighting, airstrikes and bombardment have subsided during the truce, which started in early April, and the rebels have ceased their cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the two pillars of the Saudi-led coalition.
“For the past two months, Yemenis have experienced the tangible benefits of the truce,” said Grundberg. "I count on the parties’ continued cooperation in good faith to build trust and take meaningful steps towards providing a peaceful future for all Yemenis.”
The Norwegian Refugee Council welcomed the truce extension as a sign of a “serious commitment” to end the conflict.
The Council Yemen's Director Erin Hutchinson expressed hopes that the ceasefire could lead to further progress on the reopening of roads so that humanitarian aid could reach the needy, and so that more displaced Yemenis could return to their homes.
According to the humanitarian group, the original truce had resulted in a more than fifty-percent drop in the number of civilian casualties in the first month.
The fighting erupted in 2014 when Iran-backed Houthi rebels descended from their northern enclave and took over the capital of Sanaa, forcing the internationally recognized government to flee.
A Saudi-led coalition entered the war in early 2015 to try to restore the government to power.
Yemen’s war has killed over 150,000 people, including over 14,500 civilians. It has created now one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.