Fighting in Yemeni city dies down as cease-fire takes hold

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) – Yemeni officials say the key port city of Hodeida is calm, hours after a U.N.-mediated cease-fire went into effect between government-allied forces and the country’s rebels.

Fighting subsided as the cease-fire took effect early on Tuesday, with only the sporadic sound of machineguns heard in the city, which handles about 70 percent of Yemen’s imports.

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The cease-fire was agreed to last week by the two sides during U.N.-sponsored talks in Sweden. Under the agreement, a joint committee led by U.N. officers will oversee the cease-fire.

U.N. envoy Martin Griffith has said the committee is expected to start its work swiftly “to translate the momentum built up in Sweden into achievements on the ground.”

Yemen’s four-year conflict pits the government, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, against Shiite rebels known as Houthis.

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