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Yemeni Army Registers 200 Houthi Attempts to Violate Truce

Yemeni Army Registers 200 Houthi Attempts to Violate Truce

Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 - 07:00
Pro-government forces in Yemen. (AFP)
Jeddah - Saeed al-Abyad
During the past 20 days, the Yemeni national army registered 200 attempts by the Iran-backed Houthi militias to violate the truce in the Hodeidah province.

These violations included the use of medium and large-caliber weapons against military positions in areas close to the port city, including Doreihami, Jabaliya, al-Tahita, east Hodeidah and the 7th July suburb.

Despite the presence of retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert and his team in the Hodeidah to monitor the ceasefire, the militias intensified their offensive operations against civilians by deploying snipers and continuing to dig trenches, turning several positions in the city into military barracks, according to the army.

“During the past days, the army shot down seven drones in several positions, including Nahm, al-Daleh, Maran and Hodeidah and prevented them from reaching their targets,” army spokesman Brigadier Abdo Majali told Asharq Al-Awsat.

He added that those aircraft carry explosions capable to hurt several people in an area not exceeding 200 meters.

Among the drones that were shot done was one that was targeting a government delegation in Hodeidah, he revealed.

“In all, the army monitored more than 500 violations in Hodeidah since the start of the truce in September,” the Brigadier said, adding that 40 people were killed and 340 were injured.

Majali said Houthi militants are taking advantage of the current Hodeidah ceasefire to boost their offensive capacities, dig more trenches in the city, set up barricades and infiltrate different positions.

“In the past days, we have observed the deployment of 38 Iranian experts in different positions in Hodeidah, in addition to 50 others in Saada,” he continued, adding that those experts manage the battles, support militia operations and provide help in the production and gathering of modern weapons owned by the Houthis.

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