Houthis 'accept Yemen truce terms'

Yemen's Houthis accept the government's terms for a ceasefire, their leader said on Saturday.

Houthis 'accept Yemen truce terms'

Yemen's Houthis accept the government's terms for a ceasefire, their leader said on Saturday, but there was no immediate response from the authorities.

"In order to avoid ... the annihilation of civilians, we reiterate our acceptance of the five points" for a ceasefire, the leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said in an audio recording posted on the Internet. "The ball is now in the court of the other side."

The fighting intensified in August when the army launched a major offensive named Operation Scorched Earth, and the conflict drew in Saudi Arabia in November when the Houthis seized some territory on its border.

Government conditions include removal of Houthi checkpoints, withdrawal of forces and clarification of the fate of kidnapped foreigners. The Houthis must return captured military and civilian equipment and not enter local politics.

Houthi said they had launched three initiatives in the past to end the conflict but were rebuffed by the government. There was no immediate official word from Sanaa.

The U.N. refugee agency said on Friday that fighting between government forces and rebels in northern Yemen was spreading and that the five-year conflict had driven 250,000 people from their homes, deepening a humanitarian crisis.



Reuters


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