Yemen rejects Houthi truce offer amid clashes

Yemeni troops clashed with insurgents, killing 20, and the government said on Sunday it had rejected the latest ceasefire offer by Houthis.

Yemen rejects Houthi truce offer amid clashes

Yemeni troops clashed with insurgents, killing 20, and the government said on Sunday it had rejected the latest ceasefire offer by Houthis.

Yemeni soldiers clashed with Houthis in the northern provinces of Malahidh and Saada, killing 20, including a leader responsible for training, state media reported on Sunday.

The government said it had rejected a new ceasefire offer.

The leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said on Saturday he was prepared to accept government conditions for a truce, days after he made a ceasefire offer to Saudi Arabia and said they had withdrawn from Saudi territory.

"The Houthi offer is rejected as it does not vow to end attacks on Saudi Arabia and because it sets as a condition an end to military operations first (by the government)," a government official told Reuters.

The Houthis said they would accept five conditions set by Sanaa for a ceasefire that include the removal of Houthi checkpoints, withdrawal of forces and clarification of the fate of kidnapped foreigners.

The Houthis also must return captured military and civilian equipment and not enter local politics.

But the Houthis made no mention of a sixth condition, the ending of attacks on Saudi Arabia, that Sanaa added after Riyadh launched its military assault against the Houthis in November.

"This is a key demand we cannot make concessions on," Tarek Ahmed al-Shami, a spokesman for Yemen's ruling party told Reuters.

A Saudi military source said rebel snipers still were crossing the border into Saudi territory and were exchanging fire with Saudi troops on a daily basis, nearly a week after the rebels said they would withdraw from Saudi land.

Saudi Arabia declared a full victory over the rebels last Wednesday, but said at the time that rebel snipers were still active.

The September 26 Defence Ministry online newspaper said the rebels, known as the Houthis after the name of their leader, had opened fire on a refugee camp, killing a child and wounding two others. There was no response from the Houthis to the claim.


Reuters


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