Shia rebels and the Yemeni government have signed an agreement aimed at halting violent clashes that have left more than 140 people dead and forced thousands to flee their homes.
The accord was brokered over the weekend by the UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar.
The agreement calls for an immediate ceasefire and the formation of a technocratic government within a month.
“We’ve come to this hall to sign this agreement to stop the the Yemeni bloodshed that is taking place in every street”, said President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, “what is happening is not pleasing God and his prophet. We are responsible to our people and for taking responsibility for the ceasefire”.
Plumes of smoke were still to be seen rising over areas of the capital Sanaa on Sunday, a result of shelling from the Shia rebels who are from the Houthi sect based mainly in the north of Yemen.
A group of Houthi fighers were seen on Sunday at the entrance of the Army General Command, and according to officials they also seized the Defence Ministry.
For weeks they have been moving toward the capital, clashing with rival Sunni groups over their demands for economic and political reform.