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Yemeni Houthi rebels halt Swiss peace talks

The officials said on Friday that the Houthis said they would not resume talks unless the U.N. condemned government breaches of the week-long truce. Houthi fighters have also ignored the cease-fire agreement.

By: AP | Sanaa | Updated: December 18, 2015 8:13:12 pm
yemen, Yemen war, Yemen crisis, yemen ceasefire, Yemen peace talks, Yemen news, yemen houthis Yemen peace talks: Shiite tribesmen, known as Houthis, hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Members of Yemen’s two warring sides say that peace talks in Switzerland have been indefinitely halted after the country’s Shiite Houthi rebel delegation suspended all meetings with the internationally recognized government in protest at their ceasefire violations.

The officials said on Friday that the Houthis said they would not resume talks unless the U.N. condemned government breaches of the week-long truce. Houthi fighters have also ignored the cease-fire agreement.

Yemen’s fighting pits the Houthis and army units loyal to a former president against the government, which is backed by the Saudi-led coalition and supported by the U.S.

On the ground, security officials neutral in the conflict say fighters from both sides are refusing to respect the cease-fire.

All officials spoke anonymously in line with regulations.

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