World Bulletin / News Desk
Observers have been deployed in the northern Yemeni province of Amran to ensure adherence to a ceasefire between army forces and Shiite Houthi militants, a Yemeni official said Wednesday.
According to the official, an observation team, made up of Yemen's defense minister, army generals and Houthi representatives, has deployed 30 military observers to enforce the ceasefire, the official Yemeni news agency reported.
Wednesday's ceasefire came shortly after Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi had pledged to release 100 soldiers abducted by his group earlier.
Amranhas been the scene of sporadic clashes between the army and Houthi rebels, the latter of whom also frequently clash with local tribesmen.
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: 05 Haziran 2014, 10:19