Fighting rages in Yemen as UN seeks to extend 72-hour ceasefire

October 23, 2016 01:03

A supposed ceasefire in the Yemen conflict expired a minute before midnight on Saturday after a day of heavy fighting between Saudi-backed forces and the Iran-allied Houthi movement.

Each side accused the other of repeatedly violating the three-day truce and UN attempts to extend it before it lapsed appeared to have failed.

The ceasefire was aimed at paving the way for talks to end a 19-month war in the Arab world's poorest country and allowing badly needed aid to be delivered.

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