Yemen cease-fire expires after hundreds of violations by Houthis

A pro-government fighter walks at the site of recent battles against Houthi fighters in Taiz, Yemen. (Reuters/Anees Mahyoub)
Updated 21 November 2016
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Yemen cease-fire expires after hundreds of violations by Houthis

JEDDAH: A US-brokered cease-fire in Yemen ended on Monday after repeated violations by Iran-backed Houthis, announced the Arab coalition supporting the legitimate government.
 
The coalition’s spokesman Major General Ahmed Assiri said: “There is no respect (for the truce), only violations,” Al Arabiya news channel reported, adding there had not been any orders to “extend the cease-fire.”
 
The 48-hour cease-fire, which began on Saturday and ended at noon (AST) Monday , had come at President Hadi’s request.
 
An AFP correspondent in Sanaa said there had been no coalition airstrikes in the Houthi-occupied capital since the truce took effect.
 
Coalition spokesman Maj. Gen. Ahmad Al-Asiri accused the Houthis of 180 violations in the first 10 hours of the cease-fire.
 
The media center of the Yemeni National Army has reported hundreds of violations of the truce by the Houthis. 
 
The center noted that violations had occurred in the provinces of Marib, Al-Baida’a and Taiz.
A Yemeni military source indicated that air defense forces of the Arab Coalition Forces intercepted three ballistic missiles at dawn on Sunday. 
 
The missiles were launched by the Houthis at Marib and were destroyed in the province’s airspace.


Houthis killed by own landmines

Updated 10 min 51 sec ago
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Houthis killed by own landmines

  • Two Houthi leaders died in the attacks
  • Yemen's Information Minister said Houthis don't want to accept a peaceful resolution

Four Houthis died when landmines they planted detonated in an area west of Taiz, national press agency SPA reported.

Yemen’s national army targeted militants who were planting landmines in Al-Dhabab front in Taiz, killing two of their leaders.

Meanwhile, Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar Al-Eryani told Saba news the militia’s failure to comply with international agreements set up to aid the move towards a peaceful outcome showed their reluctance to accept peaceful solutions.

The only solution in Yemen is to free the areas from the Houthis, who do not honor pacts, he added.