Yemen, Qatar reactivate Doha cease-fire deal to end rebel conflict in the north (2)

13:42, July 14, 2010      

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Since 2004, Yemen has witnessed sporadic battles between government troops and the Shiite Houthi rebels whom the government accused of seeking to re-establish the clerical rule overthrown by the 1962 Yemeni revolution which created the Yemeni republic.

The Yemeni government and Houthi rebels signed a cease-fire deal mediated by Qatar at the beginning of 2008 in Doha, capital of Qatar, to end conflict in northern Yemen between the two sides.

According to the agreement, both sides should stop military operations and the rebels should hand over to the authorities the military equipment, respect the sovereignty of the central government in all Yemeni territories and establish a political party instead of the armed movement.

On Aug. 26, 2009 the Yemeni government said the Doha peace agreement with Houthi rebels was over, accusing the Shiite group of violating the agreement, during which the sixth round of war between the two sides erupted.

On Feb. 11, 2010 the government and Shiite rebels struck another cease-fire agreement to end the conflict, however, both sides repeatedly traded accusations against each other over breaching the truce till now.

Source: Xinhua
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