UN peace plan for Yemen's civil war would see a ceasefire and the Houthi movement giving up its ballistic missiles. Reuters exclusively revealed details about the plan on Wednesday based on a draft and sources who say it may still change. In return for the Houthis ditching their missiles, the plan would see an end to a bombing campaign by a Saudi-led coalition and the establishment of a transitional government.
It's the latest effort to end Yemen's three years of conflict, which has led to one of the world's worst ongoing humanitarian crises. The civil war has killed more than 10,000 people and previous efforts to end it have failed. It's unclear whether the chances are better this time given the differences in what fighters on the ground and their international backers want.
The Iran-aligned Houthi rebels took control of the capital Sana'a in 2014. Their clashing with Yemeni forces backed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and others. That coalition is afraid the Houthis figure into a regional power grab by Tehran. However, the UN draft cites plans for a transitional government that would include the Houthis.
Sources say a unity government may be the biggest hurdle to jump to stop the conflict. The plan was drafted by the UN's Yemen mediator, Martin Griffiths. He's set to present a framework for talks in Yemen by the middle of this month.