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Houthi rebels agree for five-day ceasefire proposed by Saudi Arabia

CAIRO: Houthi fighters in Yemen has accepted a five-day ceasefire proposed by adversary Saudi Arabia but warned they would respond to any violations, local media reported o Sunday.

According to details, Saudi Arabia had said on Friday that the ceasefire could begin on Tuesday if the Houthi rebels agreed to the pause.

 “Any military violation of the ceasefire from al Qaeda and those who stand with it and support it and fund it will be responded to by the army and security and the popular committees,” Colonel Sharaf Luqman,

Spokesperson for the Houthi-allied army, said in a statement published by Saba news agency.

Houthis also asked for a political dialogue under the auspices of the United Nations to resume in order to resolve the conflict.

The ceasefire, which was set to allow time for donors to coordinate aid supplies, is due to come into force at 11 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Tuesday.

It is pertinent to mention here that supported by the United States, a Saudi-led coalition began air strikes against the Houthis and army units loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh on March 26 with the aim of restoring the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.