DUBAI - The UN said Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to a two-month extendable truce starting Saturday, the first day of Ramadan for many Muslims, and an accord on fuel shipments and Sanaa airport.

Friday’s announcement brings a glimmer of hope in a brutal conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands and left millions on the brink of famine in Yemen, long the Arab world’s poorest country.

“The parties to the conflict have responded positively to a United Nations proposal for a two-month truce which comes into effect tomorrow 2 April at 1900hrs,” UN special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said in a statement.

“The truce can be renewed beyond the two-month period with the consent of the parties.” UN chief Antonio Guterres welcomed the announcement, expressing hope for a “political process” to bring peace to the country.

“You must take that momentum in order to make sure that this truce is fully respected and that it is renewed and... that a true political process is launched,” he said.

US President Joe Biden also welcomed the news, calling it a “reprieve for the Yemeni people,” but adding that the breakthrough was still insufficient.