Fighting Rages In Yemen Despite UN-Brokered Ceasefire

The Yemeni official on Monday blamed the Iranian-backed Houhti rebels for breaching the ceasefire as they resumed their attacks in Marib city.

Yemeni government soldier, Salim Ali said that their position in southern Marib had frequently attacked by the Houthi rebels since the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadna at start of April.

“We’ve managed to repel them,” Ali told Al Jazeera. “They (the Houthis) are intensively using explosive-laden drones against our positions and vehicles, and I have lost a comrade.”

“They (the Houthis) have redeployed fighters and vehicles, including tanks, in large numbers from elsewhere, including Taiz, Hodeidah and Hajjah front lines to Marib recently,” Ali said.

We have also seen intensive movements for the Houthis on the southern and western Marib fronts, according to Ali.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg announced a truce at the start of April for two months with hope it could eventually lead to a permanent ceasefire.   

Yemeni warring parties have agreed to the truce for the first time since 2016, to halt offensive military operations inside Yemen and across its borders for two months.

Saudi-led coalition stopped its airstrikes against Houthi potions in Yemen, in return the group has halted its cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia under the truce, but fighting in Marib has not ceased.

Grundberg during his briefing to the UN Security Council in April 14, said that “although the truce is broadly holding, reports of military operations, particularly around Marib, are concerning and must be addressed urgently through the mechanisms established by the truce.”

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