Dec 15, 2018 17:50 UTC
  • Saudis violate Hudaydah truce 21 times in 24 hours: Yemen army

Yemen's army, which is allied with the Ansarullah movement, says Saudi Arabia and its allies have conducted 21 airstrikes on Hudaydah over the past 24 hours in violation of a truce reached on Thursday.

Yemen's army spokesman Brigadier Yahya Sare'e told al-Masirah TV on Saturday that Saudi artillery had fired more than 100 mortar shells at Hudaydah's residential areas in violation of the ceasefire.

Saudi mercenaries also tried to infiltrate Hudaydah from the west coast, but Yemeni fighters foiled their attempt, he added.

"The armed forces are willing to create an appropriate atmosphere for the success of peace efforts and to end the suffering of the Yemeni people," Sare'e said.

They, however, "remain prepared for all scenarios and will respond to any violations by the enemy and its mercenaries,” he added.

On Friday, one Hudaydah resident told AFP that artillery fire could be heard in Hudaydah's south, while another local in the city's eastern edge heard an exchange of fire every 15 minutes.

On Thursday, UN chief Antonio Guterres announced that Yemen’s Ansarullah movement and the country’s former Saudi-backed regime had agreed to cease fighting and withdraw their forces from Hudaydah.

Guterres said the ceasefire agreement would see "a mutual redeployment of forces from the port and the city," with the UN playing "a leading role" there to facilitate humanitarian access.

The truce came after week-long peace talks between delegations from Yemen's warring sides in Sweden.

Mohammad Abdulsalam, the head of the Ansarullah delegation, said they had "made great concessions for the sake of the Yemeni people because Hudaydah is the last remaining corridor to save the country from this impending famine."

However, there is no sign that the Saudis are going to stop their aggression against the innocent people of Yemen despite the ceasefire deal, he added.