SANAA, Yemen – Shiite rebels in Yemen who overran much of the capital have signed a security deal that stipulates disarmament and withdrawal from areas they have seized in recent months.
The Shiite rebels, known as Hawthis, signed the deal on Saturday, which is part of a comprehensive agreement brokered by the United Nations. Their political rivals, the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islah party, and other parties signed as well.
It remains to be seen whether the Hawthis will abide by the deal. They are the strongest force on the ground in the capital Sanaa, where they have deployed thousands of fighters, set up checkpoints and seized weapons from army barracks.