With no extension announced, Yemen cease-fire between Shiite rebels, Saudi-led coalition ends



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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — With no extension announced, a five-day humanitarian cease-fire in Yemen between Shiite rebels and a Saudi-led coalition has ended.

The cease-fire expired at 11 p.m. (2000 GMT, 4 p.m. EDT) local time Sunday.

However, the cease-fire hadn't halted all fighting in Yemen between the rebels, known as Houthis, and those opposing them.

Sunday night, there were concentrated flyovers by aircraft likely from the coalition in Aden and Saada, though no strikes.

Earlier Sunday, hundreds of Yemeni politicians and tribal leaders began talks in Saudi Arabia on the future of their war-torn country, though the Houthis were not taking part.

The Saudi-led coalition began its airstrike campaign March 26 after the Houthis' advanced forced Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi into exile.

The United Nations says Yemen's conflict has killed more than 1,400 people — many of them civilians — since March 19. The country of some 25 million people has endured shortages of food, water, medicine and electricity as a result of a Saudi-led blockade. Humanitarian organizations have been scrambling to distribute aid before the end of the truce.

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149-c-16-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent)-"president to office"-Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports hundreds of Yemen's politicians and tribal leaders have gathered to try to iron out a solution to the violence gripping their country. (17 May 2015)

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148-v-32-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent)--Talks on the future of Yemen are underway with hundreds of politicians and tribal leaders taking part. But as correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports, the talks are happening in Saudi Arabia, and without the Shiite rebels who've exiled the country's leader. (17 May 2015)

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APPHOTO AHM101: A Yemen boy, right, sells fruits on a street in Taiz city, Yemen, Sunday, May 17, 2015. Hundreds of Yemeni politicians and tribal leaders began talks Sunday in Saudi Arabia on the future of their war-torn country as a five-day humanitarian cease-fire was set to expire, though Shiite rebels there were not taking part. (AP Photo/Abdulnasser Alseddik) (17 May 2015)

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APPHOTO AHM103: Yemen youths play soccer in the rain on a street in Taiz city, Yemen, Sunday, May 17, 2015. Hundreds of Yemeni politicians and tribal leaders began talks Sunday in Saudi Arabia on the future of their war-torn country as a five-day humanitarian cease-fire was set to expire, though Shiite rebels there were not taking part. (AP Photo/Abdulnasser Alseddik) (17 May 2015)

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APPHOTO AHM102: Yemen youths play soccer in the rain on a street in Taiz city, Yemen, Sunday, May 17, 2015. Hundreds of Yemeni politicians and tribal leaders began talks Sunday in Saudi Arabia on the future of their war-torn country as a five-day humanitarian cease-fire was set to expire, though Shiite rebels there were not taking part. (AP Photo/Abdulnasser Alseddik) (17 May 2015)

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