The Saudi-led coalition continued its attacks on the governorate of al-Hudaydah on the western Yemeni coast on December 14 despite the ceasefire agreement, which had been reached on the last day of the Yemeni peace talks in Sweden.
According to Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces [an ally of the Houthis], coalition warplanes conducted more than 10 airstrikes on different areas in the coastal province, while the artillery of the Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters fired more 100 shells on the capital of the province.
Houthi fighters also foiled an attack by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies on their positions in the district of Durayhimi in the southern countryside of al-Hudaydah.
“The armed forces are keen to create the appropriate atmosphere for the success of peace efforts and to end the suffering of the Yemeni people. At the same time, they remain ready for all options and will respond to any violations by the enemy and its mercenaries,” the al-Masirah TV quoted Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari as saying.
The ceasefire agreement, which was reached a day earlier, covers al-Hudaydah and the southwestern province of Taiz. Under the agreement, the warring sides should relocate their forces in the two province within a pre-agreed upon timeline. However, the new attacks by the coalition raise the question” Do Saudi Arabia and its allies really respect the agreement?