Yemeni Warring Parties Trade Accusations Over Ceasefire Violations

Warring factions in the war in Yemen exchanged accusations on Wednesday of violating the ceasefire, four days after it went into effect at the start of the month of Ramadan.

Foreign Minister for the internationally-recognized government of Yemen, Ahmed bin Mubarak accused Iranian-backed Houthi forces for breaching the truce by attacking several cities.

“The truce has been greatly welcomed, but it is threatened by Houthis’ breaches including military deployments, mobilization of troops and vehicles, artillery and drone strikes,” Mubarak said in a tweet message, but did not provide further details.

While the insurgents did not directly respond to the claims, their media channels also reported “breaches”, but by pro-government troops, on Sunday and Monday.

Saudi-led coalition and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels engaged in intensive fighting in Yemen when the insurgents seized Sanaa the capital city and toppled the Yemeni government.  

But a two-month US-brokered truce that started on Saturday has provided a hope to find a solution to the conflict through dialogue and negotiation.

The US special envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking, said that all sides to the conflict had compromised and showed flexibility, with nobody getting “entirely what they want”.

“I think this is a really pivotal moment for Yemen, and I think what it does is it gives the Yemenis a break from seven years of conflict,” Lenderking added.

Under the latest ceasefire, all ground, air and naval military operations, including cross-border attacks, are meant to cease.

Soon after the ceasefire announcement, the Saudi-led coalition said that they will cease all military operations in Yemen during the month of Ramadan to help create “propitious conditions” for peace talks to end the war in the country.

The eight years civil war in Yemen killed hundreds of thousands of people, according to UN figures, and pushed the country to the brink of famine.

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