Yemen Agrees to Cease-Fire With Rebels Before Peace Talks

December 15, 2015 11:06 AM

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Yemen Agrees to Cease-Fire With Rebels Before Peace Talks

GENEVA — The Yemeni government and Houthi rebels agreed to immediately halt fighting on Tuesday as they started peace talks mediated by a United Nations special envoy at an undisclosed location in Switzerland, a United Nations spokesman confirmed.

The cease-fire, if it holds, would provide desperately needed relief to Yemen’s population of 24 million after nine months of conflict that have taken the lives of thousands of civilians and inflicted significant damage to the country’s infrastructure, deepening the humanitarian crisis there.

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