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Yemeni gov't signs ceasefire deal with dissident army

10-26-2011 08:38 BJT

SANAA, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Yemeni government signed Tuesday a ceasefire deal with the dissident army and opposition rebels in the capital Sanaa, the Defense Ministry said.

The ceasefire, which was mediated by a committee assigned by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his deputy Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, will take effect as of Tuesday afternoon, the ministry said in a brief statement.

It said the deal stipulated all rival forces be removed from the streets and residential areas of Sanaa.

There were no immediate comments from defected general Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar or powerful opposition tribal chief Sadiq al-Ahmar.

However, al-Ahmar said in a statement released on his website that the clashes between Saleh's troops and his fighters on Tuesday killed one of his followers and injured 10 others.

Yemen has been in the grip of nine months of protests demanding an end to the 33-year rule of Saleh.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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