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Saudi-Led Coalition Announces Five-Day Ceasefire in Yemen

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    Saudi-Led Coalition Announces Five-Day Ceasefire in Yemen
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    A destroyed Yemeni air force plane sits on the tarmac of the rebel-controlled international airport of Sanaa on May 5, 2015, a day after it was destroyed by an air strike of the Saudi-led coalition.

    Saudi-led coalition forces announced on Saturday a five-day humanitarian ceasefire would take effect in Yemen starting Sunday evening at the request of exiled president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Reuters reported.

    The coalition has been bombing the Houthi militia and army forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh since March 26, aiming to push them back from southern and central areas and restore the country's exiled government.

    News of the ceasefire came after 80 people were killed in an air strike on the central Yemeni city of Taiz earlier Saturday in which at least 150 were injured.