Yemen's Houthis violate Sweden agreement on ceasefire in Hodeidah: Arab Coalition

Yemeni pro-government forces on the eastern outskirts of Hodeidah as they continue to battle for the control of the city from the Iran-backed Houthi militia. (File photo/AFP)
Updated 22 December 2018

Yemen's Houthis violate Sweden agreement on ceasefire in Hodeidah: Arab Coalition

JEDDAH: The Arab Coalition supporting the legitimate Yemeni government said on Friday that the Iranian-backed Houthi militia has violated the Sweden agreement on a ceasefire in the strategic port city of Hodeidah.
“The ceasefire has been breached 62 times in the past 72 hours,” the coalition said in a statement published on the state run Al-Ekhbariya TV.
It explained that the terrorist group has been using all types of weapons, including mortars, RPGs, Katyusha rockets and ballistic missiles in violation of the ceasefire agreement reached during UN-sponsored peace talks in Stockholm on Dec. 13.
The coalition also said that the Houthi ceasefire violations occurred in the Ad-Durayhimi, Al-Tuhayta, and Al-Hali districts, as well as other areas in Hodeidah.
Coalition spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that the rebels’ “violations began from the first minutes of the ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah,” noting that the Houthi militia has also violated previous agreements.
He also said that the coalition “supports the commitment of the Yemeni National Army to a ceasefire and the implementation of the terms of the Swedish agreement.”
However, he stressed that the international community is responsible for ensuring that the Houthis abide by the ceasefire deal.


Drones hit Aramco plant, Houthis claim responsibiltiy

Updated 17 August 2019

Drones hit Aramco plant, Houthis claim responsibiltiy

  • Houthis claim responsibility for the attack on the plant
  • The drones hit the plant, causing a small fire that was quickly extinguished

DUBAI: The Saudi energy minister Khalid Al-Falih has confirmed that a drone strike hit the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction facility causing a small fire on Saturday.

In a statement condemning the attack, Falih said there had been “no injuries” and that the fire had been put out after the several drones were fired at the plant.

“This cowardly attack once again highlights the importance of the international community's response to all terrorist agents who carry out such acts of sabotage, including the Iran backed Houthi militias,” Falih said in the statement.

The Houthis later claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Saudi Aramco’s response team controlled a limited fire this morning at the Shaybah NGL facility,” a statement released on the oil giant’s website read.

“There were no injuries and no interruptions to Saudi Aramco’s oil operations. We will provide further details as they become available.”

The Houthis have carried out a number of attacks on Saudi Arabia in recent weeks and months, targeting residential areas and airports.