World Bulletin / News Desk
Yemen's army and the Shiite Houthi rebels hammered out on Wednesday a ceasefire deal in the northern province of Amran to end weeks of clashes between the two sides, according to the Defense Ministry's 26 September website.
The ceasefire was to come into immediate effect on Wednesday noon in all volatile areas of Amran.
The Al-Masirah channel, which is affiliated with the Houthis, confirmed the ceasefire deal.
It said the cessation of hostilities between the army and Houthis began at 10am.
The channel said the ceasefire came as an initiative from Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the leader of the group, not to give the chance to "conspirators against the army and the people in Amran" to get what they want.
The ceasefire comes shortly after the Houthi leader had pledged to release 100 soldiers abducted by his group earlier.
In an address broadcast by Al-Masirah channel, al-Houthi said he had proposed handing in the province to a "neutral" military force, instead of Battalion 310, the army unit currently deployed in Amran.
The Shiite Houthi movement first appeared in 1992, taking Yemen's northern Saada province as its main base of operations.
Several rounds of subsequent fighting between the group and the army have left thousands dead on both sides.
Yemen in general has been dogged by turmoil since pro-democracy protests in 2011 forced autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in power.Last Mod: 04 Haziran 2014, 16:07