Ceasefire finally declared in Yemen's northern provinces after weekend fighting leaves over 60 dead
A local ceasefire between Shiite and Sunni communities in northern Yemen was allegedly reached Tuesday following intense clashes last week that have left at least 60 people dead, according to Reuters.
The truce, according to Reuter's Sunni tribal sources, said that the mayor of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, mediated the truce, calling for fighters from both sides to "withdraw fro the area and let the army deploy."
Recent fighting between Shiite Houthis and the Al Ahmar Salafi clan erupted after the former seized control of Al Khamri, a region that is associated with the latter Sunni tribesmen Sunday.
This week's clashes represent the worst fighting between the ever-clashing groups since last October, when fighting erupted between them in the town of Dammaj, located in the Houthi-affiliated Saada province.
The clashes have largely been marked by Houthi accusations that their Salafi counterparts have been recruiting foreign fighters to attack them.
The ceasefire agreement thus represents one positive step for Yemen amidst growing internal attacks, such as Tuesday's bus bomb attack and the kidnapping of two Westerners within the past week alone.