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Saturday, 11 July 2015

Yemen's UN humanitarian ceasefire fails to hold

A UN-proposed truce in Yemen, aimed at delivering desperately needed aid to millions threatened with famine, failed to take hold Saturday as clashes and Saudi-led coalition air strikes persisted.
The six-day ceasefire formally went into effect just before midnight Friday, but clashes between Iran-backed Shiite rebels and fighters loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi hit several areas, while Saudi-led coalition air strikes targeted rebel positions.

The United Nations hoped the truce would hold until the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan next Friday, allowing sorely needed aid to reach civilians.

But with fierce fighting resuming just hours after the truce was supposed to take effect, attempts to end the violence appeared stillborn as each side accused the other of not taking peace efforts seriously.

The coalition said it "did not yet receive any request from the legitimate Yemeni government asking for a truce or cessation of military operations."

Coalition spokesman Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Assiri said the alliance was "not concerned with this truce because it does not provide a commitment from the Huthi militia".

Coalition warplanes raided Huthi positions in the central city of Taez, where clashes between the rebels and loyalists continued after the truce.

Violence also raged overnight in Taez, with witnesses saying the Huthis had also bombed several districts...
AFP
ahram.org.eg
11/7/15
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