(From Reuters)

A ceasefire took effect in Yemen on Tuesday as parties to the civil war started United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Switzerland in a new push to end months of fighting that have killed nearly 6,000 people, a UN spokesman said.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (C), United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (L), and Acting Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva Michael Møller (R) attend a news conference in Geneva

Fighting raged across Yemen ahead of the truce which began at 12 local time (4 am EDT), with residents in the northern part of the country saying 15 civilians were killed in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition.

The alliance said its forces captured a main Red Sea island on Tuesday, giving the coalition control over the strait of Bab al-Mandab.

Army commanders said the truce appeared to be largely holding.

UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told a news briefing in Geneva that Yemen’s peace talks were under way and urged the parties to ensure full compliance with the ceasefire. Read More

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