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Yemen: Airstrikes and fighting amid efforts towards peace talks

Yemen: Airstrikes and fighting amid efforts towards peace talks
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Fighting continues to rage between warring factions in Yemen, despite calls from former president Ali Abdullah Saleh for his allies to withdraw from areas they’ve captured.

On Friday, Saleh called for UN-brokered Saudi-Yemeni peace talks to be held in Geneva.

The UN has appointed a new special envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed as pressure grows to return to the negotiation table.

More than 1,000 people have been killed in the conflict which began as Iran-backed Houthi militia swept the country forcing President Hadi to flee the country. A Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes to drive them back.

There was no let up in the airstrikes in both Taez and Aden on Friday, despite announcing an end to their campaign which began one month ago.

Concerns are rising over the growing humanitarian crisis in the country, as well as the presence of the Islamic State group, who appear to be taking advantage of the chaos in the country to expand their reach.

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