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Saudi king backs son amid furore over Khashoggi murder

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Melinda Barton | 20 November, 2018, 09:08

He hopes to convene talks before the end of the year in Sweden to agree on a framework for peace under a transitional government.

Saudi investigators say a 15-man team sent to Istanbul exceeded their authority when the lead negotiator chose to kill Khashoggi for refusing orders to return to Saudi Arabia.

Yemen heavily relies on imports for nearly 90 percent of its food and the vast majority of humanitarian aid.

The truce would go into effect on the day of the adoption of the resolution.

The UN spokesman said Guterres would want to have support from a UN body such as the Security Council or the General Assembly to set up an investigation.

The war in Yemen has yielded the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

Thousands of people have died in the bloody conflict, and fighting intensified last week after clashes escalated in the Red Sea city of Hodeida, whose port serves as an entry point for almost all of the country's commercial imports and humanitarian aid.

News outlets, including Reuters, reported the CIA's finding over the weekend in a case that has sparked an global outcry against the world's top oil exporter.

Fighting in Yemen intensified at the beginning of November as the coalition renewed an offensive aimed at seizing Hodeida, a Red Sea city whose port serves as entry point for almost all of the country's imports and humanitarian aid.

The UN draft measure calls for a large injection of foreign currency into the economy through the central back to support the collapsing currency and for salaries of civil servants, teachers and health workers to be paid within one month.

Griffiths is expected to visit the Yemeni capital within days for talks with the Houthi rebels in preparation for the peace talks.

"We announce our initiative ... to halt missile and drone strikes on the countries of aggression", Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the Houthis' Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said in a statement.

Now, in response to a key Saudi demand for peace, al-Houthi declared that the Shiite group has "ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks on the Saudis and forces loyal to coalition member the United Arab Emirates at the request of U.N. special envoy Martin Griffiths", AP notes.

President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi also "issued directives to back all efforts that guarantee the interests of Yemen in reaching sustainable peace" based on United Nations resolutions, a spokesman for the president said via the official Saba news agency.

They have since fired hundreds of ballistic missiles into neighbouring Saudi Arabia, which since 2015 has led a regional military coalition aiming to restore to power the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. The government fled the following year, and Saudi Arabia, citing fears that its nemesis Iran was using the Shiite leanings of the revolt to make inroads on the Arabian Peninsula, began launching airstrikes against the rebels.

So far, the conflict has killed at least 10,000 people, and more than 8 million others are at risk of starvation.

But rights groups on the ground are adamant that the toll may be five times as high.