A community hall is seen during a visit by human rights activists to the hall that was struck by an air strike during a funeral on Oct. 8, in Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
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Heavy fighting rocked Yemen hours before a U.N.-brokered cease-fire was due to begin Wednesday, as warring parties come under mounting pressure to end a conflict that has raged for more than two years.The truce will be the sixth attempt to end the bloodshed since a Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened in March 2015 to support the government of President Abed-Rabbou Mansour Hadi after rebels overran much of Yemen.After peace talks collapsed in August, fighting escalated until an Oct. 8 coalition airstrike which the U.N. said killed more than 140 people and wounded at least 525 at a funeral in Sanaa.Hadi's government said it would agree to the truce if rebels also adhered to it, and also called for the insurgents to monitor the cease-fire and end their siege of Yemen's third city, Taiz.Military sources however said rebel positions in the northern Saada province were struck by coalition raids on Wednesday.
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