Yemen calm as ceasefire takes hold

Yemenis walk past stalls at a market on November 19, 2016 in the capital Sanaa as a 48-hour ceasefire, announced by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels, beganViolence subsided Sunday in Yemen, a day after the beginning of a 48-hour ceasefire declared by the pro-government Arab coalition battling rebel fighters for almost 20 months. An AFP correspondent in Sanaa said there had not been any air strikes in the rebel-held capital by warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition since the ceasefire entered into effect at midday (0900 GMT) on Saturday. The flashpoint southwestern city of Taez was also calm after fierce clashes on Saturday between government forces and the Huthi rebels and their allies of renegade troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a military official said.

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