- The Washington Times - Monday, November 4, 2013

Shiite and Sunni fighters agreed to a cease-fire Monday after days of clashes in a northern Yemeni town left at least 100 combatants and civilians dead.

The cease-fire in the town of Damaj was announced by the U.N. envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, according to the state news agency, Al Arabiya reported.

“We hope that there will be a permanent cease-fire and that the problem will be solved for good,” he said.

The clashes between Sunni Salafists and Shiite Houthis in Damaj broke out Wednesday when Houthi fighters accused Salafists of recruiting thousands of foreign fighters to attack them. The Salafis say the foreigners are students there to study Islamic theology at Dar al-Hadith academy, Al Arabiya reported.

“There were massive Houthi attacks throughout the night against Dar al-Hadith academy and student dormitories,” said Surour al-Wadi’i, a Sunni Salafi spokesman. “The death toll has risen to at least 100.”

The figure cited was for Salafis killed in the clashes, while the Houthis have not given an estimate for casualties on their side, the report said.