900 Houthi violations of Yemen truce
900 violations have been recorded by Houthi militias and allies since the truce came into effect
Around 900 violations have been recorded during Yemen's UN-brokered truce by Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh during the past 24 hours, the coalition said Friday.
The coalition said Houthi rebels and their allies had breached the truce since it took effect at midnight Wednesday. It said the ceasefire violations increased dramatically during the past 24 hours.
“The Coalition Forces stressed that the response to the sources of fire was made in accordance with the approved rules of engagement,” read a statement on Saudi Press Agency.
“The Coalition Forces also stressed their commitment to the policy of self-restraint towards these violations.”
Violations were committed along the Saudi and Yemeni borders. Rockets and projectiles were fired and sniper weapons were used by the Houthis at Jazan and Najran, it added.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Major General Ahmed Assiri said coalition artillery and aircraft retaliated.
He told Al Arabiya’s sister al-Hadath channel that the militiamen have not stopped the firing since the start of the truce.
"We will respond to each violation. We will be reactive," he said, in statements carried by AFP. "It's so easy. If they stop, we will not fire a bullet."
In one attack, a man and his daughter were wounded in the kingdom's Jazan region, according to Saudi civil defense authorities.
Furthermore, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi stressed on the legitimate authority's commitment to the truce, despite ongoing attacks by Houthi militias.
During his meeting with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Hadi highlighted his keenness to achieve peace, knowing that the war will always lead to the dialogue table.
“We ordered our various field commanders to abide by the truce, despite the registered violations of the rebels in various regions and cities, including Taiz,” he said.