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Yemeni Factions Head for Peace Talks

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A Shi'ite Houthi rebel holds up his weapon during a rally against Saudi-led airstrikes in Sana'a, Yemen, June 14, 2015.

A Shi'ite Houthi rebel holds up his weapon during a rally against Saudi-led airstrikes in Sana'a, Yemen, June 14, 2015.

Yemen's warring factions are on their way to Geneva for the first significant talks in the Middle East country’s months-long conflict.

The talks on Monday, facilitated by the United Nations, will bring to the table Yemen’s Shi'ite Houthi rebels and the exiled government of President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi.

The Houthis wrested control of Yemen’s government in February, leading Hadi to flee to Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

Security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief journalists, said that Saudi-led airstrikes against the rebels and their allies continued in several Yemeni provinces

Meanwhile, thousands of Houthi supporters marched in Sana'a in protest of the war and what they described as the siege of the city.

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