United Nations pulls out of Yemen, ending hope for brokered peace

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People flee the Yemeni capital Sanaa with their belongings fearing renewed air strikes. Photo: Reuters Sanaa: The United Nations has withdrawn its remaining personnel from Yemen’s capital, dashing whatever hope remained that the fighting would stop and UN-sponsored peace talks would resume. The UN staff, about 140 people, left in three planes bound for Ethiopia. There also were sea evacuations of foreign personnel from the ports of al-Hodeidah and Aden, UN sources said. Just after midnight, Jamal Benomar, the Moroccan who is the UN’s special envoy to Yemen, made one last effort to broker a settlement, contacting the parties to Yemen’s fighting and inviting them to join him on…

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