Saudi Arabia has reportedly violated the UN-brokered Yemen ceasefire more than 158 times in the last 24 hours by conducting more airstrikes on the war-wracked Arab country.
The violations included reconnaissance missions over the provinces of Ma’rib, Ta’izz, Hajjah, Jawf, Sa’ada, al-Hadidah, and border areas, Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported on Thursday.
The report added that the armed reconnaissance aircraft belonging to the Saudi-led coalition also targeted residential neighborhoods and positions of the army and Popular Committees in Ma’rib, Ta’izz, Najran, and al-Hadidah provinces.
Artillery shells and rockets were also heavily fired at residential areas and positions of the Yemeni army and Popular Committees in Ma’rib, Ta’izz, Hajjah, Sa’ada, Jizan, al-Hadidah, Dhale, and al-Bayda, it said
The UN-brokered truce between the coalition and Ansarullah first came into effect in April. The truce has since been extended twice.
Earlier this month, the United Nations’ special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, said that the extension, running from August 2 to October 2, included a commitment from the parties to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded truce agreement as soon as possible.
Under the terms of the truce, commercial flights have resumed from the Yemeni capital of Sana’a to Jordan and Egypt, while oil tankers have been able to dock in the lifeline port city of al-Hudaydah.
Moreover, in line with the agreement, the coalition agreed to end its attacks on Yemeni soil and end a simultaneous siege that it has been enforcing against Yemen.
Yemen has, however, reported many violations of the truce by the Saudi-led forces.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — the closest allies of the US in the region after the Israeli regime — have been waging the war on Yemen since March 2015.
The invasion has been seeking to change Yemen’s ruling structure in favor of the impoverished country’s former Riyadh- and Washington-friendly rulers and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement. The Saudi-led coalition has failed to meet any of its objectives.
The war, which has been enjoying unstinting arms, logistical, and political support on the part of the United States, has killed tens of thousands of Yemenis and turned the entire country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Yemen’s defense forces, which feature the country’s army and its allied Popular Committees, have, however, vowed not to lay down their arms until the country’s complete liberation from the scourge of the aggression.