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Ceasefire after 100 die in clashes

A ceasefire has taken effect between an Islamic Salafi movement and rebels in Yemen's restive north following three days of fighting that killed more than 100 people.

Yehia Mansour, a member of a presidential committee tasked with negotiating the ceasefire, said today that two army battalions would enforce the agreement in the northern Saada province.

Serour al-Wadie, a spokesman for the Sunni Salafi movement, said at least 100 of its fighters were killed in the clashes that began on Wednesday.

Tribesmen close to the northern rebels say dozens of Hawthis also were killed in the fighting.

Animosity runs deep between the Salafis and Hawthis, who had fought against the government.

AP

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