For a second consecutive day, Yemeni warplanes continued their bombardment of Saada province on Thursday. Various reports speak of “dozens” of casualties.
Meanwhile, the government announced its ceasefire terms, saying the rebels must implement them “without procrastination or delay”. The six conditions are:
1. Lifting all road checkpoints that impede citizens’ travels;
2. Abandoning their military strongholds and coming down from the mountains;
3. Handing over all civil and military equipment they have seized;
4. Disclosing the fate of six kidnapped foreigners (one British man and a German family);
5. Handing over the kidnapped Sa'adah citizens;
6. Ending all interference with the local authority's affairs.
This basically amounts to a call for surrender and the Houthis have rejected it.
Separately, the interior ministry reported that two hand grenades linked to a timing device exploded yesterday near the wall of a government complex in Sarwah district of Marib province.
Posted by Brian Whitaker, 14 August 2009.