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A fragile cease-fire took effect in war-ravaged Yemen just before midnight Wednesday, under a United Nations plan, as combatants face mounting pressure to end more than 18 months of fighting.Shortly after the truce began, the coalition issued a statement saying it "will abide by the cease-fire," which aims for "distribution of the greatest possible humanitarian and medical assistance" to Yemen's people, especially the besieged city of Taiz.Three pro-government fighters were killed near the Red Sea in Hajja province when Huthi rebels, after midnight, began a counter-offensive to retake positions lost before the truce, a loyalist officer, Colonel Abdel Ghani al-Chebli, told AFP.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 ended their siege of Taiz.
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