Shiite rebels kill 6 policemen, 14 tribesmen in N Yemen

14:27, July 16, 2010      

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The Yemeni government said on Thursday that the Shiite rebels killed 20 people, including six policemen, in an ambush on a convoy carrying food supplies for government forces stationed in the north.

"Fourteen of those killed were pro-government tribesmen of al-Majaz directorate in the northern Saada province where they were helping the authorities to enforce law and stability in the troubled area," said a statement posted on the Defense Ministry's website.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry website said "such horrid criminal act, which took place on Wednesday, has no meaning, but will impede governmental efforts to bring peace to Saada province."

In its statement, the Interior Ministry accused the Shiite rebels of having committed "635 ceasefire violations till now since a truce agreement took effect on Feb. 11, including shooting dead military and security personnel and re-establishing checkpoints in the area."

There was no immediate reaction by the rebels to the government accusation.

The truce-breaching incident came two days after the Yemeni president and the Qatari emir agreed to reactivate the Doha peace agreement between the government and the northern Shiite rebels mediated by Qatar.

Source: Xinhua


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