Saud-led Coalition Denies Yemeni Houthi Claims of Striking Al-Dhale Governorate

The Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen on Wednesday strongly denied claims by Houthi militants that it carried out airstrikes on Yemen’s Al-Dhale governorate.  

Coalition Spokesman Brig. Gen. Turki Al-Malki said that the coalition has not conducted any sorties since the truce came into effect in Yemen, describing Houthi’s claims of targeting Ad Dali town in Yemen “false.”

“We have taken all measures to support and maintain the ongoing truce between Yemeni parties,” Al-Malki added.

The UN-brokered truce came into effect on April 2 and renewed for another two months in June, and the armistice also resulted in a significant reduction in violence.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomed the expansion of truce and lauded Hans Grundberg, UN Secretary-General for Yemen for his all out efforts to reach a comprehensive political solution to end conflict in Yemen.

The truce has brought respite to Yemen after seven years of deadly war, but the Iranian-backed Houthi group did not agree to reopen roads to the besieged city of Taiz.

One of the main parts of the ceasefire was to facilitate reopening of all the blocked roads across the war-hit country.

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