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    A representative of South Yemen throw a shoe at members of a rebel delegation during clashes at a press conference on Yemen peace talks in Geneva on June 18, 2015

    Ready to Rumble! Yemen Peace Talks Turn Violent in Geneva

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    Violence erupted as people clashed at a press conference held by Yemeni Houthi forces in Geneva, Switzerland.

    People clash at a press conference held by Yemeni rebels at the Geneva Press Club on June 18, 2015 in Geneva
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    People clash at a press conference held by Yemeni rebels at the Geneva Press Club on June 18, 2015 in Geneva

    During a press conference which was held in light of the Yemen peace talks in Geneva, a fistfight broke out between the supporters of Sunni elements and the Houthi forces.

    The talks turned violent when the Houthi delegation was verbally attacked by the opponent faction, with terms “dogs” and “criminals” being shouted out loud. There were also accusations of “killing the children of south Yemen.” Following that a fistfight erupted, media reported.

    It started when the head of the Houthi delegation – Hamza Al-Houthi – was attacked by a woman who threw a shoe at him. Al-Houthi, however, is said to have stayed composed throughout the entire situation.

    Soon the violence escalated with protesters attacking the Houthi sympathizers. In the end, the attackers had to be ushered out.

    Head of the Yemeni Ansarullah rebel's delegation Hamza al-Houthi (L) gestures during a press conference on Yemen peace talks in Geneva on June 18, 2015
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    Head of the Yemeni Ansarullah rebel's delegation Hamza al-Houthi (L) gestures during a press conference on Yemen peace talks in Geneva on June 18, 2015

    The situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate. The fighting is ongoing, with tribal sources reporting 30 dead on Thursday, while the weekend deadline for an agreement between the rival groups is fast approaching.

    So far no progress whatsoever has been reached on the ceasefire that the UN has been promoting.

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