Yemeni Houthis 'complete Saudi withdrawal'

Yemeni Houthis said they had withdrawn completely from Saudi territory as part of a truce offer extended to the world's top oil exporter.

Yemeni Houthis 'complete Saudi withdrawal'

Yemeni Houthis said on Tuesday they had withdrawn completely from Saudi territory as part of a truce offer extended to the world's top oil exporter.

The Houthis' leader offered a ceasefire to Saudi Arabia on Monday, saying his fighters would withdraw from the kingdom's territory to avoid more civilian casualties. A Saudi defence ministry spokesman said Riyadh was mulling the offer.

"There has been a complete withdrawal from all Saudi positions and territory," the Houthis said in a statement posted to their website.

The statement added that Saudi air strikes had killed five people and wounded two on Monday evening. It did not say if the strikes occurred before or after the truce offer by Houthis leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, which followed three months of border fighting.

"The truce offer is being examined and we will make an official decision later today," Saudi defence ministry spokesman General Ibrahim al-Malek said.


Reuters

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