Yemen rivals set for Swiss talks on deadly conflict

Armed Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, hold position in Sirwah, west of Marib city, on December 12, 2015Yemeni government and rebel representatives meet in Switzerland Tuesday for UN-brokered peace talks, likely to be accompanied by a ceasefire, aimed at ending a deadly conflict exploited by jihadists. More than a year after Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels swept into Yemen’s capital Sanaa in the first sparks of civil war, no faction has emerged victorious. The United Nations says more than 5,800 people have been killed in Yemen, about half of them civilians, and more than 27,000 wounded since March.

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