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Shi'ite rebels, tribes agree ceasefire in north Yemen: sources

Published on Feb 4, 2014 7:53 PM
 

SANAA (REUTERS) - Shi'ite Muslim rebels and Sunni tribesmen agreed to a local ceasefire in northern Yemen on Tuesday after clashes between the rivals killed about 60 people there last week, tribal sources said.

Tribal sources told Reuters on Tuesday that the truce, mediated by the mayor of the capital Sanaa, stipulated that fighters from both sides withdraw from the area and let the army deploy.

The fighting is just one challenge facing US-allied Yemen, where authorities are struggling to shore up control in the face of internal conflicts, poor governance and poverty.

The stability of Yemen, which neighbours top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, is of major concern to the West which is worried about the repercussions of a complete breakdown in security in Yemen, home to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

 
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