Yemen’s Defense Ministry claimed on Wednesday that the Houthis, who are backed by Iran, have launched new attacks on government soldiers outside the central city of Marib, adding to a litany of violations of the UN-brokered cease-fire.

According to residents and official media sources, the Houthis attacked army troops and allied tribesmen defending the important area from the south with heavy artillery, resulting in severe combat and explosions that shook parts of the city.

The Defense Ministry claimed in a statement that “heroes of our military forces, backed by fighters of the public resistance, are resisting a large-scale onslaught launched by the Iranian Houthi militia in the southern front of Marib province.”

The Houthis and the Yemeni government agreed to halt hostilities on all fronts across Yemen, including Marib, and enable fuel ships to enter Hodeidah harbor under the terms of a cease-fire that went into effect on April 2. Sanaa airport was also allowed to fly to Cairo and Amman twice a week.

At the same time, the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen suspended its military operations in Yemen, which included airstrikes on Houthi targets that were crucial in thwarting the militia’s attempts to gain momentum.

However, according to Yemeni military sources, the Houthis took advantage of the cease-fire to organize heavy armament and fighters outside Marib and launch attacks on the city.

Since earlier this month, the Houthis have shelled densely populated regions with missiles, drones, and mortar rounds, attacked government soldiers, and committed hundreds of violations, according to Yemen’s government.

According to the Defense Ministry, the Houthis broke the cease-fire 118 times on Monday in Taiz, Hodeidah, Abyan, and Hajjah by mobilizing forces, launching surveillance drones, attacking government soldiers, taking up new places, and building trenches.
Many Houthi violations of the cease-fire have been documented across Yemen, according to Yemeni human rights organizations that track war casualties.

Since April 2, the Houthis have killed 16 civilians, including women and children, abducted 46 more, burned nine farms, and plundered nine charity, according to the Yemeni Network for Rights and Freedoms.

During the cease-fire, the Houthis fired mortars and rockets at Marib, wounding three people, and snipers killed three civilians, according to the group.

Yemen’s new leader, Rashad Al-Alimi, accused the Iran-backed Houthis of attacking Yemeni cities during the cease-fire and failing to nominate joint committee representatives to supervise the opening of roads in besieged Taiz during his speech before Parliament on Tuesday.

He urged for more international pressure on the Houthis to accept peace talks in order to end the conflict.

“The coup militia’s disdain for civilian lives necessitates the UN envoy and the international community taking decisive measures to regulate the course of the cease-fire and avoid its collapse,” he added, vowing to exploit “every possible chance” to seek a peace settlement to end the war.

“The council will truly undertake any peace initiative, and its hand will stay extended for a just and lasting peace that protects the state, its constitutional institutions, republican system, and national unity.”


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