Yemen's Shi'ite Rebels Agree to Disarm, Withdraw Forces

Earlier, an unidentified attacker fired rocket at U.S. embassy in capital Sana'a.

Shi'ite Hawthi rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, September 24, 2014.
Shi'ite Hawthi rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, September 24, 2014. Reuters

Shi'ite 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 Shi'ite 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 Sana'a, where they have deployed thousands of fighters, set up checkpoints and seized weapons from army barracks.

Meanwhile, an unidentified attacker fired a rocket at Yemeni special police guarding the U.S. embassy in Sana'a, police sources said, a day after the State Department told U.S. citizens to leave Yemen because of growing political unrest.

The rocket was fired from a car and landed 200 meters from the heavily fortified embassy, which lies in a compound surrounded by high walls in the capital.

At least two of the guardsmen were injured in the assault, after which the car carrying the attacker sped away, police said.

The attacker used a M72 light anti-tank weapon, a police source told Reuters.

On Friday, the United States told its citizens in Yemen to leave and said it was reducing the number of U.S. government staff there due to political unrest and fears of a possible military escalation.