An injured Yemeni girl receives medical attention from physicians and paramedics in an emergency room at a clinic following a reported air raid in the Iran-backed Huthi rebels' stronghold of Saada province on July 3, 2018. / AFP / STRINGER
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The U.N. envoy to Yemen expressed optimism Wednesday after meeting with top leaders of the Houthi rebels in a bid to end the country's civil war, but a Houthi negotiator said there was no breakthrough in negotiations.Griffiths has been conducting shuttle diplomacy in search of a political solution that would avert an all-out military assault.Griffiths said he would brief the U.N. Security Council Thursday on the outcomes of his discussions and that he hoped to meet President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi "very soon," for a second round of talks with his displaced government.The Houthis have refused to withdraw from Hudaida, but they recently offered to let the U.N. manage the port as part of a cease-fire in the city.The U.N. considers Yemen to be the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 22 million people in need of assistance.
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