Ceasefire observers deploy in three Yemeni provinces to monitor truce

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 4:31 PM

N.-sponsored peace talks scheduled to start in Kuwait following week. Over 6.200 people have been killed in a year of fighting between forces faithful to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Houthis, a conflict pitting the Yemeni allies of Saudi Arabia, the world'south top oil exporter, against those of Iran.

Local ceasefire monitors arrived at three Yemeni provinces on Wednesday to consolidate a shaky truce, residents and executive said, ahead of U. N.-sponsored peace talks scheduled to start in Kuwait next week.

Over 6.200 people have been killed in a year of fighting between forces faithful to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Houthis, a conflict pitting the Yemeni allies of Saudi Arabia, the world'south top oil exporter, against those of Iran.

Local executive said teams of twelve monitors were deployed in Marib province E of the capital Sanaa, in southwestern Taiz province and in Hajjah province in the N to attempt to stop truce violations and authorize humanitarian aid to pass through.

The monitors - officers and tribal figures from among the Houthis and followers of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, along with Hadi'south government - would also attempt to resolve problems and record complaints of violations and send them to a higher committee working below United Nations supervision.

The deployment comes amid fresh reports of violations by both sides of the truce that began at midnight on Sunday.

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdel-Salam had said local committees would be deployed in six provinces where fighting had been taking place. Apart from Marib, Hajjah and Taiz, monitors would also be deployed in Shabwa, al-Bayda and Dalea provinces in southern and central Yemen.

Abdel-Salam, in remarks to the Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat newspaper published on Wednesday, said the Houthis regard the truce "as a step towards a complete halt to the war" in Yemen.

Executive declare they look the truce as the best chance for Yemen to finish a year of fighting that's drawn in a Saudi-led alliance to fight what they look as Iran'south expansion into the Arabian Peninsula.

Iran supports the Houthis, a political grouping with a powerful militia that belongs to the Zaydi department of Shi'ite Islam.

Previous ceasefire agreements failed to finish fighting that began in March latest year after the Houthis advanced on Hadi'south headquarters in the southern harbour city of Aden, forcing the president and his government to flee to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and the Houthi grouping have observed a period of peaceful along their common border since latest month, paving the way for the truce to be reached.

U. N.-sponsored peace talks are set to start on April eighteen in Kuwait, bringing together the Houthis and the Saudi-backed government.

(Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari in Cairo and Celine Aswad in Dubai; Writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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