Yemen accuses Shiite rebels of killing 6 pro-gov't tribesmen in breach of truce

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Yemen's Higher Security Committee on Wednesday accused Shiite rebels in the north of killing six pro- government tribesmen in an ambush designed to breach the truce deal with the government.

"Houthi rebel elements (Shiite rebels) committed a heinous crime by setting up a cowardly and treacherous ambush that left pro-government tribal leader Sheikh Zaidan al-Maknaiee, his son and four of his bodyguards dead on Tuesday in Manabah district of northern Saada province," the committee that overseeing the post- war truce said in a statement cited by the official Saba news agency.

"This criminal act by Houthis coincided with other more truce violations including killing citizens in numerous areas of Saada province and in the neighboring district of Harf Sufian in Amran province, which reflects a deliberately purpose to continually create strains and undermine the efforts for bringing peace and security there," the statement said.

"High Security Commission condemned this terrorist act and held Houthi rebel elements responsible for this crime and its consequences," the statement added.

On Tuesday, a provincial police official told Xinhua that at least 18 tribesmen loyal to the government and eight northern Shiite rebels were killed in continuous clashes during the past three days in Harf Sufian district in Amran province, some 60 km north of the capital Sanaa.

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 yielded the Yemeni republic.

On Feb. 11, the government and Shiite rebels struck a truce deal to end a six-year conflict. Both sides, however, repeatedly trade accusations of breaching the truce which still holds so far.

Source: Xinhua


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