Yemeni rebels accept Saudi ceasefire proposal

2015-05-10 16:07
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Sanaa - Renegade Yemeni troops who have helped Shiite rebels to seize much of the country said on Sunday that they had accepted a Saudi proposal for a ceasefire later this week.

A spokesperson for the Yemeni army allied with Houthi fighters, Sharaf Luqman, said: We announce our acceptance of the humanitarian ceasefire that will begin on Tuesday.

Luqman said the army would respond to any break of the ceasefire by al-Qaeda or those allied to them.

There was still no word from the rebels themselves on any acceptance of the proposal by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir for a five-day ceasefire starting from Tuesday.

Troops who remained loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh after he was forced from power in early 2012 played a major part in the rebels' capture of swathes of the country beyond their stronghold in the mainly Shi'ite northern highlands.

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