The Latest: Group says Yemen war killed 60,000 since 2016

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Yemen’s four-year civil war (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

An international group tracking Yemen’s civil war says the conflict has killed more than 60,000 people since 2016.

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project — or ACLED — says more than 28,000 people were killed in the first 11 months of 2018, up 68 percent from 2017. More than 3,000 were killed in November, the deadliest month since the group started collecting data.

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The figures include both combatants and civilians.

The group said in a report issued on Tuesday that it recorded more than 3,000 attacks on civilians, killing some 6,500, but that figure doesn’t include civilians killed in ground battles between the various sides.

ACLED’s figures do not include the last few months of 2014, when Yemen’s Houthi rebels captured the capital, Sanaa, and much of the country’s north, nor the casualties in 2015, when the Saudi-led coalition joined the war on the side of the government.

The group bases its figures on press reports of each incident of violence in the war.

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3:20 p.m.

A Yemeni official says the next round of peace talks between the country’s warring sides could take place as early as January.

Marwan Damaj, culture minister in Yemen’s internationally recognized government, says the venue and the exact timing are still being considered.

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels and the government side, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, are to wrap up the current round of U.N.-sponsored negotiations in Sweden on Thursday.

Damaj says the two sides are currently discussing the U.N. envoy’s proposals on the embattled port city of Hodeida and the airport in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital.

He says the government wants the rebels to withdraw from Hodeida, after which the sides could discuss other steps, including allowing U.N. oversight and setting up a local, pre-war administration of the city.

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