Middle East

Yemen peace talks begin in Kuwait after Shiite rebels arrive

  • A member of the Houthis and allies team to Yemen peace talks in Kuwait, Faiqah al-Sayed, arrives at Sanaa airport before the team leaves in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Yemen's Shiite rebels have reversed an earlier decision to boycott U.N.-sponsored peace talks designed to find a way to end the war in the impoverished Arab nation and their delegation was on its way Wednesday, heading to the negotiations, due to take place in Kuwait. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    A member of the Houthis and allies team to Yemen peace talks in Kuwait, Faiqah al-Sayed, arrives at Sanaa airport before the team leaves in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Yemen's Shiite rebels have reversed an earlier decision to boycott U.N.-sponsored peace talks designed to find a way to end the war in the impoverished Arab nation and their delegation was on its way Wednesday, heading to the negotiations, due to take place in Kuwait. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A head of the Houthis and allies team to Yemen peace talks in Kuwait, Arif Al-Zoka, right, arrives at Sanaa airport before the team leaves in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Yemen's Shiite rebels have reversed an earlier decision to boycott U.N.-sponsored peace talks designed to find a way to end the war in the impoverished Arab nation and their delegation was on its way Wednesday, heading to the negotiations, due to take place in Kuwait. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    A head of the Houthis and allies team to Yemen peace talks in Kuwait, Arif Al-Zoka, right, arrives at Sanaa airport before the team leaves in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Yemen's Shiite rebels have reversed an earlier decision to boycott U.N.-sponsored peace talks designed to find a way to end the war in the impoverished Arab nation and their delegation was on its way Wednesday, heading to the negotiations, due to take place in Kuwait. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A member of the Houthis and allies team to Yemen peace talks in Kuwait, Yahya Douaid, talks to media at Sanaa airport before the team leaves in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Yemen's Shiite rebels have reversed an earlier decision to boycott U.N.-sponsored peace talks designed to find a way to end the war in the impoverished Arab nation and their delegation was on its way Wednesday, heading to the negotiations, due to take place in Kuwait. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    A member of the Houthis and allies team to Yemen peace talks in Kuwait, Yahya Douaid, talks to media at Sanaa airport before the team leaves in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Yemen's Shiite rebels have reversed an earlier decision to boycott U.N.-sponsored peace talks designed to find a way to end the war in the impoverished Arab nation and their delegation was on its way Wednesday, heading to the negotiations, due to take place in Kuwait. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

Peace talks between Yemen's warring sides have started in Kuwait in an effort to end the fighting in the impoverished country.

Representatives of the Yemeni Shiite rebels and their allies arrived earlier in the day in Kuwait.

The UN envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed opened the peace talks Thursday. In remarks carried on Kuwait's state TV, he noted that more than 7,000 people have been killed in the conflict since late March 2015.

The talks were originally supposed to begin Monday but were delayed because of a Houthi boycott.

The talks are aimed at finding ways to resolve the conflict between Yemen's internationally recognized government, that's backed by a Saudi-led military coalition, and the Houthis and their allies.

Both sides have violated a fragile ceasefire currently in place.