Yemen peace talks to begin in Geneva this month

Published December 7th, 2015 - 10:00 GMT

AFP reports that Yemen peace talks will commence in Geneva on December 15.

On Saturday, UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed discussed the possibilty of peace talks with embattled Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi, after a recent increase in attacks, according to AFP.

Also on Saturday, gunmen on motorcycles committed multiple attacks in Aden, killing five people. A military intelligence officer and a judge were among the casualities. On Sunday, the governor of Aden and at least six guards were killed in a car bombing.

There was no mention in the statement of inviting members of the rebellion to the peace talks. Embattled President Hadi and Vice President and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah both stated that their goal was to end, not negotiate with, the rebellion.

The conflict in Yemen began in March 2015. Embattled President Hadi is backed by a Saudi-led coalition that has conducted mutliple airstrikes on the opposing Houthi militas.

According to the UN, more than 7,500 people, over half civilians, have been killed in the ongoing fighting.

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