Truce shook on between Houthis, Al-Shahel tribesmen in Hajja

Published on 30 August 2012 in News
Muaad Al-Maqtari (author)

Muaad Al-Maqtari

Houthis militants rest in the Hajja mountains. (Akhbar Al-Yaum)

Houthis militants rest in the Hajja mountains. (Akhbar Al-Yaum)

SANA’A — A government committee signed a truce between the Houthis and the Al-Shahel tribesmen in Hajja, in the north of Yemen, to end the tension which started a week ago and resulted in casualties, among them two women.

Zaid Arjash, undersecretary of Hajja governorate said the truce between armed Houthis and the residents of Al-Shahel terminated tension which arose one week ago when two women were killed in an attack on them by Houthis.

Ariash said security forces deployed to the area and removed the check points established by the Houthis and the tribesmen.

Arjash said large groups of Houthis withdrew from the areas where they were  positioned in Al-Amroor area in Al-Shahel. They repositioned themselves in the  mountains between Janeb Al-Sham and Janeb Al-Yemen.

Clashes broke out Aug. 21 when the Houthis shot two women in an Al-Qaeda-affiliated area of Al-Shahel.

Ali Al-Otami, a prominent figure of the Islah party and who opposes the Houthis, said the Houthis controlled several mountains, including Azzan Mountain. They also controlled the governorate center that overlooks Al-Mahabesha, Qofl Shamar and Ko’aidena districts.

The agreement, signed Monday, ended the armed clashes between the Houthis and the tribesmen, and places where they were previously positioned were taken over by security forces. Moreover, the Houthis released all the detainees they had, handing them over to the mediation committee.

In addition, the truce stipulated that the matter must be investigated in order to reveal its results. If the investigation proved the Houthis guilty of killing the two women, Ahmed Al-Sharafi, a representative of the Houthis, will hand them to the committee as pledged. Furthermore, the truce stipulated that neither the residents of Al-Amroor area  not the Houthis attack each other at their demonstrations.

The Houthis control Sa’ada and parts of Amran, Al-Jawf and Hajja governorates. Public sources have accused the Houthis of trying to expand their military influence over many lands, which the Houthis denied.