Yemen Ceasefire Follows Increase In Saudi Airstrikes
Yemen's Houthi rebels have agreed to a ceasefire deal orchestrated by Saudi Arabia, which has been conducting airstrikes in the country for months.By Ben Lawson | May 10, 2015
Rebels in Yemen have accepted a five day cease-fire starting Tuesday offered by Saudi Arabia to allow aid to reach civilians affected by prolonged fighting.
The proposal comes just as Saudi Arabia begins ramping up military efforts in Yemen. The neighboring nation has been leading a military coalition, supported by the U.S., bent on stopping Yemen's Houthi rebels from seizing power — a group Saudi Arabia believes to be supported by Iran.
On Saturday, Saudi officials announced a fresh round of airstrikes, targeting Houthi strongholds and supply lines. One of those airstrikes hit the home of former Yemen president and prominent Houthi supporter Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh was not there at the time.