Yemen rejects truce offer as Saudi forces clash with Shiite rebels
Yemen has turned down a truce offer from northern Shi'ite rebels, citing the continued attacks on Saudi Arabia, a government official said on Sunday. The offer, made by the rebels' leader on Saturday, was also rejected because rebels were demanding the government end its military operations first, the official said, according to Reuters.
Rebel leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi stated on Saturday he was ready to accept government conditions for a ceasefire, which include removal of rebel checkpoints and clarification on the fate of kidnapped foreigners.
Meanwhile, Saudi forces exchanged fire with snipers from the Shi'ite rebels who have crossed over the border, a Saudi military source said on Sunday. This clash came days after the rebels said they had withdrawn from Saudi soil.
"The snipers are still present," a Saudi military source told Reuters, adding that exchange of fire was happening on a daily basis. "These people cannot be trusted, every day they creep in and out, but they do not really pose a threat," he said.