The Yemeni government has said it has signed a ceasefire with a military general from the opposition after months of protests that have pushed the country to the brink of civil war.
The announcement came after up to six civilians were reported shot dead in exchanges between government troops and fighters opposed to the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Despite the announcement of a truce the protests continued in the capital Sana’a. Saleh’s previous claims have made his opponents wary.
Anti-government protester Nif al-Qanis said: ‘Ali Abdullah Saleh defies the international community rather than being pressured by the international community. Yesterday he said again that he wants dialogue. His dialogue is death and crime.’
The government claimed the latest deal included an exchange of hostages kidnapped by both sides. Previous ceasefires though have failed to stick.
This one comes just a day after Saleh welcomed a UN Security Council urging him to sign a plan for him to relinquish power drawn up by Gulf states.
Despite the welcome, nothing has been signed.
And more than two weeks ago he said he would stand down in a matter of days. But he is still there.