A humanitarian truce in Yemen has failed to take hold after Saudi-led warplanes resumed raids Tuesday on rebels, who clashed with loyalists, military sources said.
Security officials and field commanders of forces allied with the coalition said 15 of their fighters were killed in two separate coalition airstrikes in the province of Lahj. More than 40 fighters were wounded in the apparently accidental strikes, they said, adding that the death toll was expected to rise.
Three rockets allegedly fired by the rebels struck Monday afternoon near Aden airport which reopened last week for aid delivery after being recaptured by loyalists, other military sources said.
But the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported that Houthi forces had shelled the northerly al-Tawal region on the Saudi border hours after the truce was meant to have started, and that Saudi forces had retaliated. The fighting in Sabr, which lies on a key supply route, has intensified as the rebels have brought in reinforcements from Lahj. Representatives in-line using pro -authorities practitioners state they trying to improve into neighborhoods that were northern and have regained control of the middle of the town.
Security officials say the Houthis are battling their opponents north of the southern port city of Aden, and officials and witnesses say there are sporadic clashes in Yemen’s central Marib province.
A five-day humanitarian pause announced by the coalition quickly fell apart early Monday.
HRW condemned such strikes as an “apparent war crime”, on Tuesday, calling on the UN to investigate coalition strikes that hit residential areas. The plant workers said that it had been empty for months.
Van Der Klaauw once again pleaded for all sides to stop attacking civilians and destroying the infrastructure of the Arab world’s poorest country. In a statement issued by his spokesperson here on Sunday evening, the secretary-general called on all parties to the conflict to suspend military operations and facilitate safe, unhindered access of relief workers to desperate populations throughout the country.