Air strikes hit elite Yemen forces, Geneva truce talks break off




 
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June 19th, 2015  
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Topic: Air strikes hit elite Yemen forces, Geneva truce talks break off


By Mohammed Ghobari and Tom Miles SANAA/GENEVA (Reuters) - Saudi-led warplanes bombed elite Republican Guard forces allied with the dominant Houthi faction in Yemen's conflict on Friday, residents said, and U.N.-sponsored ceasefire talks broke off without a deal to end nearly three months of fighting. Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, intervened militarily out of concern for what it sees as a growing Iranian sway in the Arabian Peninsula, but the coalition has yet to significantly reverse Houthi territorial gains. *** ****NO HEADWAY IN GENEVA TALKS AFTER FIVE DAYS *** In Geneva, Hadi's foreign minister said the "proximity talks" involving factions who refuse to sit at the same table made no headway after five days of U.N. shuttle diplomacy among the sides, but promised more discussions in the future.

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