Houthi fighters repeat truce offer

February 3, 2010 - 0:0

Yemen's Houthi fighters say provided that they do not come under fire, the Shia forces will not attack the Saudi and Yemeni armies.

“As long as no one attacks us, we would not target any party,” AFP quoted a Tuesday statement posted online by the office of Shia leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi.
On Saturday, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi offered to accept the government's five-point truce terms in a bid “to avoid...the annihilation of civilians.”
The fighters withdrew from at least 46 positions along the Saudi-Yemen border as a gesture of goodwill to end the months-long clashes in the beleaguered north.
Sana'a, however, rejected the Houthis' response, saying “it does not include a sixth point, which demands a pledge from the Houthis to not attack the Saudi territory.”
Riyadh announced victory last week after the fighters' truce offer and their consequent departure from the border towns, claiming the fighters had been forced out of the positions.
The fighters' statement on Tuesday said they had already made their position clear last week when they announced a withdrawal from their border positions and offered a truce, holding the government responsible for further losses of civilian lives in the ongoing clashes.
“We have offered all that we can to stop the bloodshed... The party that is playing with words, finding excuses and setting up more hurdles in order to keep the war raging, should be held responsible,” the statement said.
The Houthi leader also said the issue of captured Saudi soldiers would not pose an obstacle to reaching a ceasefire — as long as there was a willingness to have peace. “This issue can be solved through an exchange of prisoners,” it added.
The Yemeni government launched an all-out war against Houthi fighters in August and was soon joined by the Saudi army.
The joint military action has taken a heavy toll on civilians in northern Yemen, drawing repeated warnings from human rights organizations of a humanitarian crisis there.
(Source: Press TV)
People displaced by the ongoing fighting between government troops and Houthi fighters in the northwestern Yemeni province stand near their temporary shelter in Amran city November 13, 2009. (Reuters photo) -