Clashes erupt in Yemen hours before planned truce

April 10, 2016 19:02

Fighting broke out north of Yemen's capital and in the center of the country on Sunday, killing more than 20 people, hours before a planned halt to the fighting aimed at facilitating talks to end the year-long war.

Yemen's government and its Iran-allied Houthi enemies are supposed to implement the UN-backed "cessation of hostilities" from midnight before peace negotiations begin in Kuwait on April 18.

The United Nations hopes this will lead to a more concrete, formal ceasefire with peace-building steps.

The war has killed more than 6,200 people, drawn in rival regional powers Saudi Arabia and Iran and tipped one of the Arab world's poorest countries into a humanitarian crisis.

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