Houthis violate truce in two Yemen provinces

Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Sunday violated the Stop the fire attempting to advance in two strategic provinces in the center and southwest of the country, while the troops of the internationally recognized government responded with artillery, military sources told Efe.

A pro-government military source in the central province of Marib and another in the southwestern province of Taiz assured Efe on condition of anonymity that the insurgents tried to advance on the battle fronts after the armistice was declared this Sunday and were repelled by government troops.

In the strategic oil province of Marib, the Houthis tried to advance on three of the battlefronts, to which government forces responded with “artillery bombardment“; while in Taiz the Yemeni troops repelled an attack by the insurgents against Army positions, according to the sources.

This occurs just five hours after a comprehensive ceasefire went into effect of two months agreed between the rebels, the Government, and the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia that has intervened in Yemen since 2015 against the Houthis.

The armistice, celebrated at the international level and mediated by the UN, began at 7:00 p.m. local time (4:00 p.m. GMT) and, shortly after, the Houthis announced the cessation of its military operations in compliance with the truce.

“We announce the entry into force of the humanitarian and military truce and our commitment to stop all military operations, as long as the other side maintains the same commitment,” Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said on Twitter.

For their part, the insurgents accused the alliance and its allies of “committing 34 violations of the truce in the last 24 hours,” according to a military source quoted by the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency, which did not detail whether the aggressions occurred once the armistice began.

According to Saba, during this period coalition aircraft attacked rebel military positions and even civilians in several Yemeni provinces.

The two-month comprehensive truce was announced on Friday by the UN special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, a step that was accepted by all warring parties in the country as prior to initiate a dialogue to put an end to this war that began in 2014.

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