Yemeni Salafis, Houthis reach ceasefire

Yemeni Salafis, Houthis reach ceasefire
Tue Jan 7, 2014 13:14:02

Yemeni Salafi militants and Houthi fighters have reached truce following months of clashes in northern province of Sa’ada.

A Salafi chief in the town of Dammaj said that the ceasefire came into effect on Monday, following mediation by a Yemeni governmental committee.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said in a statement that it airlifted 34 people injured in the clashes in Dammaj to the capital, Sana’a, after the ceasefire was announced.

The Red Cross added that it also evacuated the bodies of two Houthi fighters.

Dammaj has been the scene of bloody clashes between Houthi fighters and Salafi groups in Sa’ada since late October.

Houthis, a Shia group led by Sheikh Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, control parts of the north of Yemen and are engaged in reconciliation talks with the government in Sana’a. They accuse the government of violating their civil rights and marginalizing them politically, economically, and religiously.

Yemen’s Houthi movement draws its name from the tribe of its founding leader Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi.

On November 22, Houthi lawmaker Abdul Karim Jadban was gunned down by armed men on a motorbike as he was coming out of a mosque in Sana’a.

Jadban was a prominent Houthi lawmaker and the leading politician representing the Houthi community in the national dialog currently underway in the Arab country. 

In October, Saudi-backed Takfiri militants opened three different fronts in Sa’ada and other northern provinces to raid al-Houthi strongholds there.

Informed sources in Yemen say some 4,000 Wahhabi Salafists have been dispatched to the region to prepare the ground for a war on Houthis.


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