Sunday, June 17, 2007

Ceasefire in Yemen

The Yemeni government and the Houthi movement have reached a ceasefire:
"A ceasefire was holding in Yemen on Sunday after Shia rebels agreed to lay down their arms, ending years of fierce fighting that has killed thousands in one of the world’s poorest countries.

"The rebels from the Zaidi minority announced late Saturday that they would accept a government offer to halt three years of fighting in the northern mountainous Saada region near the border with oil-rich Saudi Arabia...

"Saleh announced last month that the rebels would receive a fair trial if they surrendered.

"According to the official, Huthi and other rebel leaders are to be exiled to Qatar where they will be prohibited from engaging in any political or media activities against Yemen.

"They will also be restricted from leaving the Gulf state without permission from the Yemeni government.

"The rebels are to surrender their weapons to the government, which is to take control of the restive region, and with financial help from Doha reconstruct areas battered during the fighting.

"The rebels were battling to restore the Zaidi imamate, which ruled in Sanaa until a 1962 coup by republican forces."



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