(L-R) US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed make a joint statement on Yemen at Lancaster House in London on Oct. 16, 2016. / AFP / POOL / JUSTIN TALLIS
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The warring parties in Yemen have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire that will take effect shortly before midnight Wednesday, the U.N. special envoy to Yemen said.The warring factions agreed to follow the conditions of a temporary April cease-fire agreement, he said.The Saudi-led coalition and the United States are backing the internationally recognized government of Yemen's president, Abed-Rabbou Mansour Hadi, whose loyalists now control most of Yemen's south and are slowly driving out the Houthis and their allies from northern provinces.More than 4,000 civilians have been killed and 3 million of the country's 26 million people have been driven from their homes by the fighting. Foreign Minister Abdel-Malak al-Mukhlafi demanded late Monday that a months-long siege of the city be lifted as part of the cease-fire agreement and that relief supplies be delivered to its residents without conditions.The cease-fire agreement was announced late Monday, a day after Ahmed, the U.N. envoy, met in London with Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
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