Yemen’s Houthis agree to 5-day truce proposed by S. Arabia

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Yemen consented to a five-day truce proposed by Saudi Arabia, which will begin on Tuesday, according to an army spokesperson allied with the Houthi forces.

“We announce our acceptance of the humanitarian ceasefire that will begin on Tuesday,” Colonel Sharaf Luqman said in a statement broadcast by Yemen’s Saba news agency. Any violation of the ceasefire by Al-Qaeda or others would prompt a military response, he stressed.

The ceasefire, which is to allow humanitarian aid in, is to come into force at 11pm (2000 GMT) on Tuesday.

The Sunday announcement of the ceasefire deal comes hours after a Saudi-led coalition carried out air raids in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. The strikes targeted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s house, Reuters cited witnesses and members of ex-leader’s political party as saying. Reportedly, three explosions hit the area and heavy smoke was visible.

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