Yemen govt accepts UN peace plan, awaits rebel response

Yemeni soldiers check the scene of a car bomb attack at an army checkpoint at the entrance to the town of Hajr on July 18, 2016Yemen’s government on Sunday accepted a UN-proposed plan to end fighting that has left thousands dead, but there was no word from Iran-backed rebels who have intensified attacks on the Saudi border. The draft agreement, which follows several months of UN-brokered negotiations in Kuwait, stipulates that the Huthi Shiite rebels must withdraw from Sanaa, which they overran in September 2014. Security deteriorated further after the Huthi rebels swept into the capital and pushed south, forcing President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s government to flee into exile in March last year.

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