Sunday, 4 July 2010

Mutual accusations of preparing for new war in Sa’ada

By Nasser Arrabyee/04/07/2010

Al Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government exchanged accusations of preparing for a new round of war in the war-torn Sa’ada, north of the country.

The exchange of accusations came after dozens of rebels and tribesmen loyal to the government were killed and injured during the current fragile truce announced by both parties last February.

A spokesman for Al Houthi rebels said Sunday that the government is preparing for the seventh round of war against them.

“The government is escalating and purchasing the weapons to launch the seventh war against us,” said Abu Malik, the representative of Al Houthi rebels in Harf Sufyan.

‘’ The government did not implement any of our demands since the war stopped last February,” he said.

On February 12, 2010, the government announced a cease-fire after the rebels accepted six conditions to end 6-year old sporadic war. The conditions include the rebels going down from the mountains and handing over the weapons .

On Sunday, the field committees in charge of supervising the implementation of the six conditions accused the rebels of not wanting peace and of beating the drums of war .

“ It’s been more than four months now since the cease-fire, the rebels have been procrastinating in implementing the six conditions they accepted,” said a statement issued by the supervising committees.

The statement called the rebels to abide by the six conditions and mechanisms of their implementations.

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