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Houthi Rebels, Yemeni Presidential Guards Agree on Ceasefire

© AP Photo / Hani MohammedHouthi Shiite rebels ride on a military truck while patrolling a street in Sanaa, Yemen
Houthi Shiite rebels ride on a military truck while patrolling a street in Sanaa, Yemen - Sputnik International
The ceasefire agreement between Yemeni government forces and Houthi militants was reached under the leadership of the presidential committee Monday.

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MOSCOW, January 19 (Sputnik) — Houthi rebels and members of the presidential guard in Yemen have managed to reach a ceasefire agreement following confrontations in the country's capital, a source in Yemeni government told Sputnik on Monday.

"The agreement was reached under the leadership of the presidential committee, which includes Saleh Samad, a Houthi presidential adviser, defense minister and minister of interior. This information affirms the ceasefire starting at 16:30 local time (13:30 GMT), and placing national committees to monitor compliance with the ceasefire," the source said.

A ceasefire between the Yemeni authorities and Houthi rebels was reportedly agreed upon earlier Monday, though gunfire was heard by locals following the agreement.

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Earlier, a source from Yemen's security services told Sputnik that violent clashes had been taking place in the region east of the presidential palace.

A government source in turn told Sputnik that Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi was forming a committee with a mandate that includes ensuring a ceasefire in the country's capital Sanaa, following confrontations with Houthi militants Monday.

The Houthis, Yemen's main opposition movement, played a major part in ousting former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012. Last September, the Houthi insurgency spread to Sanaa.

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