Heavy fighting rocks Yemen before a UN-brokered ceasefire

FROM LEFT: US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed make a joint statement on Yemen at Lancaster House in London on October 16, 2016. The United States, Britain and the UN peace envoy to Yemen on Wednesday urged the warring parties in the country's civil war to declare a ceasefire within days. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Civilians have paid the highest price in a country that was already the Arabian peninsula’s poorest.
  • Almost 6,900 have been killed while another three million are displaced and millions more need food aid.
  • A UN report said air strikes by the coalition were suspected of causing around half of all civilian deaths.
  • The US Navy for the first time targeted Houthi rebels directly.

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