Arhab tribes sign a truce, Military Committee removes tribal checkpoints
Local sources in Arhab told the Yemen Times that the Military Committee has removed the armed tribesmen’s checkpoints in Tabti, Wasel and Bathan in Arhab.
The Ministry of Defense confirmed that the Military Committee has withdrawn military vehicles belonging to the Republican Guard in Arhab's Bani Jarmooz area. It added that three Republican Guard checkpoints on the road to Arhab were replaced by the Capital Defense Security Forces, a unit formed in April by President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi.
The Military Committee officials added that they also opened the Sana’a-Mareb Road, which has been closed for over a year due to conflicts in the area between local opposition tribesmen and the Republican Guard.
Precipitating this, Arhab district's tribes signed a truce to stop fighting, open roads and solve tribal conflicts on Friday. Arhab, 30 kilometers to the north of Sana'a, has witnessed armed confrontations between tribesmen loyal to opposition parties and troops of the Republican Guard, headed by the former president’s son, Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh. These confrontations have forced hundreds of families to leave their homes.
Mohammed Al-Mohares, a tribal leader, told the Yemen Times that more than 200 sheikhs agreed on eight points, including putting an end to revenge killings, opening roads, solving social problems such as high costs and establishing a code of ethics regarding political work.
"Among the points is respecting public roads and never blocking them. In case tribesmen break the truce and block roads, they will pay YR 200,000 [approximately $ 1,000] and two cows," he added.
Abduljaleel Sinan, a tribal leader in Arhab, told the Yemen Times, "The sheikhs of Arhab decided to hold a meeting entitled 'The harmony and peace meeting' to resolve these issues. The meeting's name is meant to note a break from of the current situation in Yemen including the security vacuum in areas including Arhab, and also because of the serious conflicts that erupted in Arhab last year.
Sinan added that the meeting, which lasted for three months, aimed to bring peace and stability to the residents and solve the long-last problems, particularly the problems of revenge and blocking the roads.