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UN announces end of Yemen peace talks amid new clashes

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The photo shows a general view of the room at the opening of Yemen peace talks in the Swiss village of Magglingen, December 15, 2015. ©AFP

The United Nations says negotiations between Yemen’s warring sides have ended amid new clashes in the country.

The UN office in Geneva announced in a Sunday statement the end of peace talks between a delegation representing the Houthi Ansarullah movement and representatives of Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

According to the statement, UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will hold a press conference on the talks later on Sunday.

The UN-brokered negotiations began in the Swiss village of Magglingen on December 15 with the aim of reaching a permanent ceasefire in Yemen.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed attends Yemen peace talks in Switzerland, December 15, 2015. ©Reuters

The warring sides agreed on Saturday to form a committee to oversee a fragile seven-day truce that came into effect on December 15 and has been violated several times.

Ansarullah and its allies in the Yemeni army have recorded numerous cases of truce violation by Saudi Arabia and militants loyal to Hadi, saying Riyadh has intensified its campaign against Yemen in a bid to take advantage of the truce.

Yemen has been under Saudi military aggression since late March. More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured in the attacks.

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