Saudi Arabia says Houthis violate truce again

Tribesmen gather to show support to fighters of the anti-Houthi Popular Resistance Committee near Yemen's southwestern city of Taez. (File photo: Reuters)

The Saudi-led coalition against Houthi militias in Yemen has said it is “still keen” to ensure the humanitarian truce in Yemen is a “success,” but accused the Iran-backed Houthis of violating a ceasefire for “the second day in a row.”

In a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the coalition said it “detected violations in two zones,” one along the Saudi-Yemen border and the second in Yemen itself.

Houthis “shelled land forces in vicinity of Abul-Radeef village” in the southwestern region of Najran as well as against an Elab border post, SPA reported.

The Houthis also continued operations in Aden, Abeen, Luhaj, Shabwa, Taez and Maareb provinces.

Inside Yemen, the militia group “continued moving their machineries, carrying out military operations, and targeting citizens’ homes” with tanks and missiles in six provinces including Aden, SPA reported.

While the “the coalition command confirms to everybody that it was and is still keen to make this humanitarian truce a success as it runs in the interest of the brotherly Yemeni people,” Saudi Arabia warned the Houthis and their supporters “that self-restraint and being committed to the truce would not last long in case the militias continue such practices and violations.”

The coalition warned that it would “take the appropriate measures to deter” the Houthis.

Early Thursday the coalition accused the rebels of 12 contraventions of the ceasefire, which began at 2000 GMT on Tuesday, along the Saudi-Yemen border and in Yemen itself.

The Saudi-led coalition on March 26 began bombing the rebels who had taken over large parts of neighboring Yemen.

Riyadh feared they would occupy the entire country and move it into the orbit of its Shiite regional rival Iran.

The Houthi rebels and their allies had indicated they would abide by the ceasefire, which was proposed by Saudi Arabia and supported by the United States in order to allow aid into the stricken country.

(With AFP)
 

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