An agreement between the Saudi-backed forces and the UAE-supported separatists was signed in Riyadh on Tuesday. The text of the deal requires militias to return troops by mid-November to locations under their control prior to the breakout of fighting in August. The deal also designates that "medium and heavy weapons" are placed in camps under coalition supervision. It's unclear what this will mean in practice as there is no requirement for the militias to disarm.

No specific measures in the deal address the illicitly distributed US-made weaponry, whose advanced technology has proven decisive on the ground.

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Sources close to the talks told CNN that the internationally recognized government had sought assurances from the UAE that it would cease arming separatist forces -- but none was forthcoming.

Meanwhile, the broader conflict between the Iran-supported Houthis and the US-backed Saudi-led coalition still remains unresolved.

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