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Saudi-led coalition breaches Yemen’s UN-brokered truce nearly 200 times in 24 hours

Yemenis inspect the wreckage of buildings after they were hit by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, in Sana’a, Yemen, on January 18, 2022. (Photo by AP)

The Saudi-led coalition forces and their mercenaries have violated a UN-brokered nationwide truce that took effect in the war-ravaged Yemen in April nearly 200 times over the past 24 hours .

Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network cited an unnamed Yemeni military official as making the announcement on Sunday, saying the violations included 49 flight operations with spy drones and warplanes over the provinces of Ma’rib, Ta’izz, Jawf, Sa’ada, al-Hudaydah, Ad Dali', al-Bayda and border areas.

The source said the US-Saudi mercenaries committed 102 breaches by firing on the homes of citizens and the sites of the Yemeni Army and the Popular Committees in the stated areas.

The television network cited the source as saying that the US-Saudi mercenaries had conducted six air raids on civilians' houses in Ma’rib and al-Hudaydah as well as two breaches with military reinforcements in Ta’izz.

The military source added that 35 violations were monitored as the mercenaries fired artillery shells on the sites of the Yemeni Army and the Popular Committees in Ma’rib, Ta’izz, Hajjah, Sa’ada, al-Hudaydah and border fronts.

The UN-brokered truce between the aggressor coalition and Yemen's popular resistance Houthi Ansarullah movement first came into effect in April. The truce has since been extended twice.

Last 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 since then.

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.

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