Yemen truce falters amid strikes, recriminations

Coalition warplanes have conducted airstrikes outside Yemen's Sanaa after the alliance accused the Houthis (Ansarallah) of breaching a shaky ceasefire, AFP reported Friday (October 21st).

The airstrikes late Thursday targeted Houthi positions at Jebel al-Nabishuaib, on the south-western outskirts of Sanaa, according to witnesses.

They said the area hosts bases for air defences controlled by troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is allied with the Houthis.

The truce, set for an initial period of three days, took effect just before midnight Wednesday to allow aid deliveries in Yemen.

The coalition and Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi had vowed to respect the UN-sponsored truce, but accused the Houthis of violations, while Houthi media accused the alliance of continuing with airstrikes.

Air raids also hit the northern provinces of Jawf and Saada, witnesses and Houthi media said.

Coalition spokesman Maj. Gen. Ahmed Assiri said Friday that coalition warplanes were only conducting surveillance flights and "reactive" strikes, in response to truce violations.

Two missiles fired by the Houthis were shot down in Marib on Thursday, he said.

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