The truce to allow the delivery of humanitarian assistance to thousands of people stranded in Yemen has already been repeatedly raped Saturday just hours after its entry into force.
The UN Security Council on Friday urged all warring parties to respect the humanitarian pause, supposed to last Friday 23 h 59 local time (16: 59 pm, Montreal time) at the end of Ramadan, or on 17 July.
But Saturday morning, the country was again the scene of heavy fighting and air raids of the Arab coalition led by Ryad against the Houthis Shia rebels.
Of coalition aircraft targeted rebel positions in the city of Taiz (center), where clashes raged between insurgents backed by Iran and fighters loyal to the Yemeni president in exile Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi witnesses said . The Houthis shelled several neighborhoods in Taiz, the sources said.
The official Yemeni news agency, monitored by the government in exile, accused the Houthis and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh of sending reinforcements to Taiz before the truce.
In the south, the coalition struck rebel positions in Aden and in the neighboring province of Lahj, according to witnesses.
These air raids came after the rebels had shelled several districts of Aden, said a spokesman for the pro-fighters Hadi Abdallah al-Dayani.
Shortly before the start of the truce announced six days, the rebel leader Abdel Malek al-Houthi had announced that he cherished “little hope” about his “success”, adding that it depended on “the commitment of the Saudi regime and (…) a total cessation of (its) aggression. ”
They left their stronghold of Sadaa in the north, the Houthis seized from the Yemeni capital Sanaa in September and then come down to the south, pushing into exile President Hadi – who found refuge in Saudi Arabia – and triggering the 26 March 1 raid campaign Riyadh.
The coalition led by Saudi Arabia had not commented on the truce declared by the UN, but a Saudi official, on condition of anonymity, had found that pause “useless.”
The Houthis’ are masters of cunning (…) Their military groups on the ground show no willingness, nor a sincere commitment to solidifying a humanitarian truce “had claimed for its part AFP Yemeni Minister of Human Rights, the Ezzedine al-Asbahi, also in exile in Riyadh.
The 15 member countries of the Security Council had Friday asked the belligerents to “suspend their military operations during the break” and “exercise restraint in case isolated incidents would come to break the truce and avoid any escalation.”
He was also exhorted to “facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance throughout Yemen.”
80% of people in need of help
According to the UN, 80% of the population – 21 million people – need help or protection and more than 10 million are struggling to find food or drinking water because of a conflict which left more than 3,200 dead, half of them civilians, since late March.
“It is imperative and urgent that humanitarian aid reaches all vulnerable people (…) throughout the ceasefire,” said a UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric, more than a week after Registration of the country to the maximum level of health emergencies.
This truce is “our last hope”, told AFP a spokesman for the World Food Programme (WFP), Abeer Etefa, adding that two boats filled with food and fuel crossed off of Aden.
WFP has succeeded for one week to deliver 9,000 tons of food to its warehouse in Yemen and the truce is now needed to be able to distribute this aid and “reach all parts of Yemen,” according to Ms. Etefa.
A previous truce in mid-May had lasted five days, but then the fighting had flared up.
Meanwhile, ten suspected members of Al Qaeda, including three local leaders, were killed Friday in two raids by US drones in south-eastern Yemen, according to a local official. The extremist network attempts to take advantage of the war raging in the country to seize new areas.