Yemeni gov't accuses Houthi rebels of attacking oil-rich Marib despite truce-Xinhua

Yemeni gov't accuses Houthi rebels of attacking oil-rich Marib despite truce

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2022-05-15 05:01:43

ADEN, Yemen, May 14 (Xinhua) -- The internationally-recognized Yemeni government on Saturday accused the Houthi rebels of attacking the oil-rich province of Marib despite a two-month cease-fire brokered by the United Nations.

"The Houthis launched a sniper operation killing a member of the armed forces and injuring another on the northwestern front of Marib Province," said the Yemeni defense ministry in a statement.

The statement accused the Houthis of committing a series of breaches of the UN-brokered truce in various areas of the war-ravaged Arab country.

On Friday, the Yemeni army accused the Houthis of firing a number of shells randomly against a residential neighborhood in the Dhabab area in the southwestern province of Taiz.

The Houthi attack against Taiz killed a child and seriously injured his parents, according to the Yemeni army, but the rebels did not respond to the accusations of the government forces.

The UN-brokered cease-fire agreement, meant to last two months, went into effect on April 2, marking the first major breakthrough in years to end the Yemeni war that has killed tens of thousands and pushed the country to the brink of starvation.

So far the cease-fire has been largely held despite occasional breaches alleged by the warring sides.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized control of several northern provinces and forced the Saudi-backed government out of the capital Sanaa.