Source: Yemen Times

he Defense Ministry on Tuesday formed four field committees to visit Amran governorate to implement a second ceasefire agreement announced on Monday between the 310th Armored Brigade and Houthi rebels.

Ali Al-Qahoum, a member of the Houthi’s Media Office, told the Yemen Times that the committees will supervise the ceasefire agreement and that both parties agreed to remove their outposts in Amran, Arhab, Hamdan and Bani Matar.

Within the last week Houthi rebels took control of military locations in Hamdan district, to the north of Sana’a, and Bani Matar district, about 15 kilometers from the capital.

Mohammed Nabhan, security coordinator for various relief organizations in the area, said that despite the announcement of the ceasefire clashes took place on Tuesday over the control of Al-Janat Mountain. He added that soldiers of the brigade are in control of parts of the mountain. Clashes between the Houthis and government forces were ongoing as of Wednesday

Nabhan also said that the soldiers of the brigade shelled Bait Badi area on Monday. The shelling targeted houses that the Houthis were allegedly using. According to Nabhan, over 30 Houthi militants were killed in the shelling. He added that Amran governorate continues to witness clashes in the Al-Dhain mountain and Bani Maimon in Ayal Basuraih district.

Ali Al-Emad, a member of the Houthi Political Office, alleged that the shelling targeted civilians.

Al-Qahoum said that reports of the Houthis taking over Ayban mountain in Sana’a are unfounded.

An  agreement on June 4, which was also proposed by the Defense Ministry, failed to stop the fighting. The agreement came after the Houthis attacked military locations under the control of the 310th Armored Brigade in Al-Mihshash mountain in Amran, according to local sources.

The Interior Ministry claims on its website that fighting initially erupted in March when the soldiers of the brigade prevented armed Houthis from entering the city.

The Houthis claim that the brigade effectively operates as an independent militia under the command of an Islah Party loyalist.

The Houthis have been expanding since March of 2011 after they entered six rounds of fighting with the military between 2004 and 2010.

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