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Yemen Houthis 'ready' to withdraw from Sanaa

Houthi rebels took control of Sanaa in September 2014 [AFP]

Date of publication: 20 March, 2016

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A ceasefire agreement in Yemen could see Houthi rebels withdraw from the capital and hand over their arms, ending over a year of fighting in which has left thousands dead.

Yemen's warring parties could take part in a ceasefire for between one and two weeks, as negotiations on ending the conflict reach another round.

Talks between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to the internationally-recognised President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi are expected to restart next month.

It comes after Houthi rebels took part in talks in the capital Sanaa on Sunday with UN Yemen envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

Houthi leaders agreed to implement a UN security council resolution which requires them to hand over weapons and withdraw from territory, including the capital.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to reporters, AP reported.

There are still only slim hopes the deal will be implemented and previous attempts to implement a ceasefire have failed with both sides blaming one another.

Houthi rebels captured in September 2014, forcing the government to retreat south. This led to a bloody civil war which worsened when Saudi Arabia led a Gulf force to intervene in March 2015 with a bombing campaign.

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