A UN sponsored Yemeni peace conference which was to start on Thursday in Geneva has been indefinitely postponed. Three officials from the Houthi, socialist and unionist parties said in Sanna that the talks had been postponed and that no new date had been set.
The talks were meant to end weeks of heavy fighting and Saudi-led air strikes against an Iran-backed rebel group amid a humanitarian crisis that has left millions in the Arab world’s poorest country short of food and fuel. The setback came as Saudi-led war planes on Monday pounded Shiite Houthi rebel positions in the capital and across the country. The UN had urged all parties to attend the talks, announced last week, without preconditions.