Day 2 in talks aimed at end­ing blood­shed

UN says civil­ian ca­su­al­ties in Ye­men av­er­age 123 per week

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - OBITUARIES / WORLD - BY DAVID KEY­TON AND BRIAN RO­HAN

The United Nations’ refugee agency said Fri­day there were nearly 1,500 civil­ian ca­su­al­ties in Ye­men from Au­gust through Oc­to­ber, the lat­est grim tally to emerge from a four-year civil war as op­pos­ing par­ties hold talks in Swe­den.

The an­nounce­ment came as Ye­men’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels and the in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized gov­ern­ment, sup­ported by a Saudi-led coali­tion, met for a sec­ond day for Un-spon­sored talks aimed at halt­ing the blood­shed. UNHCR urged the two sides to do more to pro­tect civil­ians, say­ing data from Ye­men shows an av­er­age of 123 civil­ian killed and wounded ev­ery week dur­ing the three-month pe­riod, in a war that has killed at least 16,000 civil­ians.

On Fri­day, at the venue in a cas­tle in the town of Rimbo, north of Stock­holm, U.N. en­voy Martin Grif­fiths and var­i­ous del­e­gates from Ye­men were seen walk­ing on the grounds.

Dur­ing a break out­side the talks, Oth­man Mu­jali, minister of agri­cul­ture from the Hadi gov­ern­ment, said his side was ready to make con­ces­sions to help re­lieve suf­fer­ing and prop up the econ­omy.

“There are trust build­ing mea­sures upon which we will build good­will, with them leav­ing Hodeida and ceas­ing to skim off funds,” he said. “We are ready to re­lease pris­on­ers of war and pay wages to peo­ple, if they carry on with what we’re agree­ing upon.”

The Houthi del­e­ga­tion later said that talks had been di­vided into five main sec­tions, in­clud­ing open­ing up Sanaa air­port for aid, adding that the pris­oner swap would in­clude all de­tainees from both sides.

“The first sec­tion is the po­lit­i­cal frame­work, the sec­ond sec­tion is the air­port ... then Sanaa and the eco­nomic mea­sures and hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues, and the fifth - and it has been dis­cussed and fin­ished - is con­cern­ing the de­tainees and pris­on­ers of war,” se­nior Houthi ne­go­tia­tor Ab­dul­ma­lik al-ajri said.

JANERIK HEN­RIKS­SON/TT VIA AP

Ye­men’s Minister of Agri­cul­ture and Ir­ri­ga­tion Oth­man Hus­sein Faid Mu­jali, right, speaks to jour­nal­ists dur­ing the on­go­ing peace talks on Ye­men held at Jo­han­nes­berg Cas­tle, in Rimbo, Swe­den, Fri­day. The United Nations’ refugee agency said Fri­day there have been nearly 1,500 civil­ian ca­su­al­ties in Ye­men from Au­gust through Oc­to­ber, the lat­est grim tally to emerge from a four-year civil war as op­pos­ing par­ties meet for talks in Swe­den.

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