Yemen’s Houthis, Salafis reach ceasefire deal: Official

Houthis and Salafis have reached a new ceasefire deal, brokered by government mediators, to stop deadly fighting in the northern Yemeni province of Sa’ada.

A Yemeni official said that the fighting between the rival groups stopped in the town of Damaj on Sunday.

“The confrontations have ended in Sa’ada and the ceasefire took effect half an hour ago,” said Yehia Abuesbaa, the head of a presidential committee tasked with ending the fighting.

Damaj has been the scene of bloody clashes between Houthi fighters and Salafi groups in the province of Sa’ada in recent weeks.

At least 100 people have reportedly been killed in the fighting since October 30.

On November 4, a ceasefire was announced by the UN special envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, to allow the evacuation of the injured people. However, the truce was violated only after a few hours.

The two groups accused each other of having violated the ceasefire. Houthi spokesman Ali al-Bakheeti said the foreign Salafi militants were responsible for the collapse of the truce.

Houthis said in a statement that the Salafi groups are igniting strife in the region by bringing thousands of foreign fighters to Damaj.

Yemen’s Houthis are a Shia group led by Sheikh Abdel-Malek al-Houthi and the movement draws its name from the tribe of its founding leader Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi.

By Press TV

 

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