SANAA, Yemen, June 25 (UPI) -- Yemeni authorities are launching a renewed offensive against Houthi rebels in spite of pledges for amnesty, rebel leaders said.
"Instead of releasing our fellow citizens in line with President Saleh's amnesty, security authorities in the government are launching new arrest campaigns against our men," he said.
IRIN points to local accounts of the amnesty program that say less than 800 of the 3,000 prisoners covered under the deal were released by authorities.
Yemeni Interior Ministry officials brushed off the accusations, saying it was "a presidential affair."
A security source speaking to the U.N. news agency on condition of anonymity said the government was only releasing rebels who are accused of minor offenses.
"Gunmen arrested on battlegrounds or masterminds of the rebellion will be referred to the competent courts for trial," the source said.
Yemen launched a scorched-earth campaign in August to take on Houthi rebels in the north. A formal cease-fire agreement has sputtered since early this year.