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Rocket Barrage Threatens Timid Hopes for Peace in Yemen

Rocket Barrage Threatens Timid Hopes for Peace in Yemen by Asa Fitch – Wall Street Journal

Yemen’s Houthi rebels fired a barrage of missiles into Saudi Arabia, the armed group said, strikes that could threaten to derail the U.S.-backed peace efforts that have raised fresh hopes to end a catastrophic, nearly four-year war.

The war pits the Iran-backed Houthis against a Saudi-led coalition mainly comprising Sunni-majority Arab countries. The protracted conflict has pushed millions to the brink of famine and caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The Houthis have fired missiles across Yemen’s northern border into Saudi Arabia on a regular basis for years, often making exaggerated claims of success, but halted the attacks earlier this month to make way for United Nations-led peace talks due to take place in Stockholm next week.

Indeed, recent weeks have brought fresh hopes of peace, as the U.S. has made a concerted push to stop the fighting…

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