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Report: U.N. drafts peace plan in hopes of ending 3-year Yemeni civil war

The United Nations has drafted a peace plan for Yemen, proposing to create an inclusive transitional government and calling for an immediate ceasefire, Reuters reports.

The civil war in Yemen began in 2015, pitting the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, against the Iranian-aligned Houthis. The Houthis control the capital, Sanaa, and under the peace plan draft, if they give up their ballistic missiles, the Saudi coalition will end its regular bombings of Houthi targets.

The peace plan, drafted by U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, could still be modified, Reuters says. Griffiths is expected to present a "framework for negotiations" by mid-June. The U.N. estimates that at least 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict. It's also a humanitarian crisis, with people starving to death and going without medicine and basic necessities.