Yemeni Military Police stand to attention during a ceremony launching the first phase of combat and operations training of the year on January 8, 2014 in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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Yemeni troops began to deploy in the northern province of Saada on Saturday to monitor a ceasefire between Shiite rebels and hardline Sunni Salafists, a security official said.The conflict had spread in the northern provinces, embroiling Sunni tribes wary of the power of the Shiite rebels, known as Huthis, who have been accused of receiving support from Iran.The deal, which was signed late on Friday, stipulated the two sides would withdraw from the areas around Dammaj to be replaced by army troops who would monitor the ceasefire, said Yahya Abu Isba, head of the presidential mediation commission.
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