>> The war in Yemen has raged for almost four years. More than 10,000 people have been killed. And on Monday the Red Cross said the ravaged country is on the verge of starvation, but hope may be in sight. Also on Monday, the country's Houthi movement said it's stopping drone and missile attacks on the Saudi coalition.
That after demands from the United Nations, Yemen's warring parties have been facing growing international pressure to end the conflict. This latest move from the Houthi group comes after the Saudi led coalition ordered a halt in its offensive against Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah. Peace talks fell apart in September when the Houthis failed to show up.
UN envoy to Yemen hopes to try again in Sweden before the end of the year. The Houthi say their missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, a payback for air raids on Yemen by the western backed coalition. The coalition joined the war in 2015. It carried out thousands of airstrikes.
Many have hit schools, markets, and hospitals killing hundreds of people, but it insistS it doesn't target civilians. Western allies including the US have been urgently calling for a ceasefire ahead of the renewed UN efforts. Western countries have provided arms and intelligence to the Arab states and the alliance, but they've shown increasing reservations about the conflict since the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
The US-based Saudi dissident journalist was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.