The Houthis were formed by Zaidite scholars, a Shia sect who have lived in Yemen for over a thousand years and also ruled the country for several centuries. Their rebellion against the Saudi-backed government began about a decade ago.
Houthi rebel leader Abdulmalik al Houthi says his fighters won't surrender but appears to acknowledge his forces had lost ground in a battle against Saudi-backed pro-government forces for the port city of Hudaida.
The survivors of Duraihimi massacre say that the Saudi backed coalition started a relentless bombing campaign from early August, even targeting the vehicles carrying injured civilians.
Gunmen opened fire after a suicide bomber drove his booby-trapped car into a checkpoint northeast of Ataq, the capital of Shabwa province, residents say.
The UN says plans to ship as many as one million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen are likely to be shelved over security and logistical challenges.
The rebels said they were responding to exiled president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's "stubbornness" in continuing the war in Yemen.
The truce is set to last for 48 hours with a possibility for an extension should the Houthi fighters "show commitment" to it, says the Saudi Press Agency.
An age old rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is fuelling conflict in a country that is divided along sectarian, tribal and military lines.
Yemen's exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi says the UN peace proposal "legitimises the Houthi coup."
UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the cessation of hostilities would begin on Wednesday night and could be renewed after the initial three-day period.
Houthi group claimed it was a Saudi-led strike on a school.
Turkey freezes assets of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh in line with UN Security Council decision
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