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Shaky truce holds in Yemen as rivals meet
Published :Thursday, 17 December, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 14

ADEN, Dec 16 : A fragile ceasefire between Yemeni pro-government forces and Iran-backed rebels appeared to hold on Wednesday despite breaches, as UN-sponsored peace talks entered a second day in Switzerland.
Although fighting has subsided, both sides traded blame for violations that have left at least 24 people dead since the truce came into effect at midday (0900 GMT) Tuesday.
The Saudi-led coalition supporting embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi accused the Huthi Shiite rebels of flouting the ceasefire from the first hours and acknowledged that it had "responded to these violations".
The rebels meanwhile accused the coalition of breaking the truce immediately after it began by carrying out "a series of raids on various provinces".
The animosity underscored the challenge facing delegates at the peace talks which got under way in Switzerland on Tuesday.
Previous ceasefires have collapsed and earlier UN efforts have failed to narrow differences between the warring rivals.     ?AFP

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