Yemen asks Shi’ite rebels to implement truce to end war


Yemen has given Shi’ite rebels a timetable for implementing the government’s ceasefire terms, a Yemeni presidential adviser said on Saturday, in an attempt to end one of three conflicts besetting the country.

The schedule was addressed to Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, leader of the rebellion in the north of Yemen which also faces a secessionist movement in the south and a resurgent al Qaeda.

“The security committee has drawn up a timetable … and it has been handed over to al-Houthi through mediators,” presidential adviser Abdul-Karim al-Iryani told reporters.

“If he signs it, the war will stop,” he said, adding that committees including rebel representatives would be set up to oversee the implementation of the six truce terms. Reuters