Yemen and the Houthi Rebels Agree to Truce


Yemeni government and the Houthi rebel group agreed to suspend fighting. The ceasefire was implemented in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, a few hours after a fierce battle between the presidential guard and the Houthi group which is Shiite.

"The Yemeni government and the Houthi group has formed a committee to oversee the cease-fire," said Interior Minister Jalal al-Roweishan as reported by the BBC quoted Liputan6.com, Tuesday (20/01/2015).

Meanwhile, residents who live near the presidential palace in Yemen said the gunfight had subsided. However, three people were reported killed in the heaviest fighting in Sanaa since the Houthi movement control of the capital.

Under an agreement with President Mansour Hadi Abdrabbuh, the Houthis will retreat from the capital so that the new unity government is formed.

But the rebels still appear to be in the city and took some inhabited areas Sunnis and western regions of the country.

On Monday, January 19th, 2015, the thick smoke rising from the streets around the presidential palace in Yemen and around the military area south of the capital. When the presidential guards and Houthi fighters opened fire using machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades, and a cannon.

Reports of the ceasefire has been heard since morning, but only noon the battle began to subside.

Yemen and the Houthi Rebels Agree to Truce
Syiah Houthi (Reuters)

Houthi Strengthen Influence

Houthi group, which is a Shiite, successfully entered the capital Sanaa early 2014 and to strengthen its influence in the subsequent months.

Several times a clash between them with some ethnic groups and also Sunni militias. Houthis also join the war against al-Qaeda militants Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Houthi derived from the Zaidi Shi'a minority community and waging an insurgency since 2004 to fight for greater autonomy in Saada province, north of the country.

On Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, a car bomb exploded in the province of Bayda, Yemen. 15 Among those killed were children. The children were inside the school bus that was passing a checkpoint guarded the Shiite Houthi rebels, when the first bomb exploded.

The second bomb exploded shortly afterwards near the house of a Houthi leader, Abdullah Idris - Shiite group led by Sheikh Abdel-Malek al-Houthi. 10 people dying.

The rebels accused, the culprit is the militant Al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). They had fought in Radaa since the Houthis took over AQAP camp last October, a month after taking over the capital Sanaa.

Indonesia Remove Travel Advice

Warming of the conditions in the capital Sanaa Yemen made Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno LP Marsudi spoke. He stated that the local Indonesian Embassy has issued travel advice or encouragement trip.

"We've (issued travel advice)," said Secretary of Retno in Jakarta, Thursday, January 9th, 2015.

"Usually so there are events tracked is whether there is citizen, new in situ (in [Yemen] (2158506" ")) Embassy in issuing the alert or warning advice for soon to be careful," said Secretary of Retno.