UN-sponsored Yemen talks come to a swift end after ceasefire collapses

Published December 20th, 2015 - 09:52 GMT

The United Nations has announced Sunday that the peace talks on Yemen have come to an abrupt halt following a large outburst of violence in the war torn country, Associated Press reports.

According to witnesses, allies of the Houthi rebels are battling pro-government forces in Hajjah Province, near the Saudi border. Three days of fighting have killed upwards of 75 people.

The ceasefire was put in place at noon on December 15th as 12 members and six advisers for each of the warring sides met for talks in Switzerland. The government’s delegation was led by Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi while Houthi spokesman, Mohammed Abdel Salam, headed his side. 

The UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is expected to make a statement to the press later today. 

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