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Yemeni rebels halt Swiss peace talks over ceasefire violations

Published 18/12/2015

Shiite tribesmen showing support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa (AP)
Shiite tribesmen showing support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa (AP)

Yemeni peace talks in Switzerland have been halted indefinitely after the country's Shiite Houthi rebel delegation suspended all meetings with the internationally recognised government in protest at their ceasefire violations.

The Houthis said they would not resume talks unless the UN condemned government breaches of the week-long truce. Houthi fighters have also ignored the ceasefire agreement.

Yemen's fighting pits the Houthis and army units loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh against the government, which is allied with southern separatists, religious extremists and other militants, backed by a Saudi-led coalition and supported by the US.

On the ground, idependent security officials said fighters from both sides are refusing to respect the ceasefire.

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