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Houthis hold relief ships, violate truce

Spokesman of the Arab coalition said militias mostly violated a planned 48-hour truce in the city of Taiz

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A shaky 48-hour truce has seen at least 185 violations committed by Houthi militias, mostly in the beseiged city of Taiz, Al Arabiya's sister channel Al Hadath News Channel has reported.

Meanwhile, Yemeni Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief Abdalraqib Saif Fatah has confirmed that militias of Houthi and Saleh have held a number of relief ships from donor countries.

Spokesman of the Arab coalition supporting the legitimacy in Yemen Maj. Gen. Ahmed Asseri was quoted by Al Hadath as saying most of the violation took place in Taiz.

"Houthi militias attempted to shoot a ballistic missile targeting Marib city," he said. "They did not abide by the truce at all. All violations," he added.

The truce which began mid-day on Saturday aimed at getting humanitarian assistance to several areas at the request of Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

Six attempts to clinch a ceasefire in Yemen have foundered, including a three-day October truce that fell apart as soon as it went into force.

Putschists hold relief ships in ports under their control

In a meeting with Russia's Ambassador to Yemen Vladimir Dedushkin, he said that the putschists, dominating the ports of Al-Salif and Hodeidah, west of the country, were preventing entry of aid to the provinces under their control, resulting in a famine in a number of these provinces, especially Hodeidah.

According to the official Yemeni news agency, the Minister called on international community to put pressure on the coup leaders and convince them to allow the access of relief aid to the provinces under their control, pointing out that under the leadership of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the Yemeni government is doing all efforts to establish peace in Yemen, according to the terms of reference agreed upon nationally.

For his part, the Russian Ambassador to Yemen appreciated the Yemeni government's efforts to settle a just and comprehensive peace in Yemen, stressing Russian Federation's standing by and support for the Yemen's government and the international legitimacy resolutions in the light of the intransigence of the putschists and their rejection of the peace opportunities in Yemen.