Yemen's army, which alongside the Houthi movement has been defending the country, says Saudi Arabia has increased its attacks in breach of a UN-brokered truce in the port city of Hudaydah.
Army spokesman Brigadier Yahya Sariyah told al-Masirah TV that the Saudis have violated the Hudaydah ceasefire 223 times since December 17, when the truce took effect.
The ceasefire violations included 51 missile attacks, 155 cases of artillery fire and shelling as well as infiltration attempts, he added.
Saudi warplanes, Sariyah said, continue to fly intensely over Hudaydah. Over the past 48 hours, they have conducted 42 air raids on the provinces of Sa'ada, al-Jawf and Ma'rib.
Yemeni fighters, meanwhile, have clashed with Saudi mercenaries, killing and injuring dozens of them.
Street graffiti in the contested city of #Hodeida. Mistrust, especially of the US, runs high. Many Yemenis here and elsewhere blame the US for supporting a Saudi-led coalition that has killed thousands of civilians with American made jets and bombs. #yem… https://t.co/xmGd3QQIPb pic.twitter.com/0yAZ3uj70a
— Sudarsan Raghavan (@raghavanWaPo) December 22, 2018
The Hudaydah truce was reached recently in Sweden during peace talks between delegations from the Houthis and Yemen's former Saudi-allied regime.
The warring sides agreed to the withdrawal of their forces and the deployment of UN monitors to the port, the entry point for most of Yemen’s commercial goods and vital aid.
UN monitors arrived in Yemen on Saturday to oversee the fragile truce.'
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