UN team hold meeting in Yemen port city over cease-fire

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say a U.N. team has met with representatives of the country’s warring parties for the first time in a key port city.

The team, led by Dutch Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, arrived in Hodeida over the weekend to monitor a cease-fire that went into force in the Red Sea port city.

The officials say the meeting Wednesday involved discussions about the mechanism of the team’s work and the number of monitors that will be required in the near future.

Elsewhere in Yemen, officials say fighting over the past two days between forces loyal to the government and Shiite rebels in the capital, Sanaa, has left at least 17 dead from both sides.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

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