World Bulletin / News Desk
A Yemeni presidential committee on Friday brokered a deal by which a truce between the army and Shiite Houthi rebels was extended for 15 days in the northern Amran province, a local source said.
The extension comes following skirmishes between Houthi militants and army troops earlier in the day in the Beir Aeid district, the source, who asked to remain anonymous, told Anadolu Agency.
The source said the committee had met with tribal chieftains affiliated with the Houthis and had promised to study the group's demands, including the dismissal of the Amran governor and a number of security and military officials who the Houthis accuse of promoting recent unrest in the province.
A previous ceasefire expired on Thursday amid concerns of renewed violence in the province after clashes with the army left six Houthi fighters dead.
Recent months have seen several violent confrontations between Houthis and local tribes in the province, with the latter accusing the Shiite militants of seeking to establish control over their territory in northern Yemen.
The Houthis are also battling tribesmen and Salafists in several other parts of Yemen, which has been gripped by chaos since the 2012 ouster of long-ruling president Ali Abdullah Saleh.Last Mod: 29 Mart 2014, 09:43