Sana’a, Ye­men

The Week Middle East - - News -

Cease­fire ex­pires: A sup­posed cease­fire in the Ye­men con­flict ex­pired a minute be­fore mid­night last Satur­day af­ter a day of heavy fight­ing be­tween Saudi-backed forces and the Iran-al­lied Houthi move­ment. Each side ac­cused the other of re­peat­edly vi­o­lat­ing the three-day truce and UN at­tempts to ex­tend it be­fore it lapsed ap­peared failed. Ground fight­ing raged largely un­abated de­spite the cease­fire, but air at­tacks on the cap­i­tal, Sana’a, stopped and there were fewer Houthi mis­sile strikes on Saudi Ara­bia. Gen­eral Ahmed alAsseri, com­man­der of the Saudi 4th Bri­gade on the bor­der in the Saudi prov­ince of Na­jran, told Reuters: “The vi­o­la­tion of the truce was not from our side. It was from the other side. We are con­tin­u­ing to thwart them.”

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