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UN brokered truce to end fighting in Yemen

UN brokered truce to end fighting in Yemen
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Yemen has agreed a UN-brokered truce with Shia Houthi fighters seeking political and economic reforms.

Fighting with pro-government Sunni militias in and around the capital Sanaa has been going for the past three days.

In a statement the UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, said the agreement will advance the path of peaceful change and lay the foundations for national partnership, security and stability.

This is Yemen’s worst crisis since 2011 when anti-government protests forced the president from office.

The clashes in recent weeks have resulted in hundred of Yemeni families leaving their homes to escape the violence.

The Houthis, an armed group of the minority Shia community based mainly in the north of the country, have been advancing on the capital for weeks, fighting with rivals and demanding reform.