'Urgent need' for Yemen ceasefire to be respected: Obama

Armed Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, fire as they hold a position in the area of Sirwah, west of Marib city, on December 18, 2015US President Barack Obama called on Yemen’s warring parties to respect a ceasefire that lay in tatters Friday, amid fighting between government and rebel forces. The White House said that Obama, in a call with Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, stressed the “urgent need for all parties to adhere to the ceasefire in Yemen” and to seek a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

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