Yemen has been locked in a devastating power struggle between the Houthis and the government since late 2014 [Mohammed Huwais/AFP]

The United Nations Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths has told the UN Security Council that the number of air attacks by the Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthi rebels has dropped by nearly 80 percent in the last two weeks.

The coalition, which intervened in the war in 2015 to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s internationally recognised government, has carried out thousands of air attacks, killing thousands of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets, drawing international criticism.

“In recent weeks, there have been entire 48-hour periods without air strikes for the first time since the conflict began,” Griffiths said on Friday. “We call this de-escalation, a reduction in

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