Fighting continued in Yemen yesterday as the humanitarian ceasefire there showed increasing signs of strain. The Associated Press reports that the first full day of the five-day truce saw a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Abyan province, heavy fighting in Taiz province, and shelling by coalition ships off the southern Yemeni coast.
Sebastian Brady was a National Security Intern at the Brookings Institution. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a major in political science and a minor in philosophy. He previously edited Prospect Journal of International Affairs.
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The five-day truce that began in Yemen last night seems to have largely held thus far, despite reports of some violations. Reuters writes that residents have reported heavy fighting between Houthi militias and local fighters accompanied by Saudi-led airstrikes in the southern provinces of Shabwa and Lahj. The Saudi-led coalition also reportedly hit the city of Abyan after Houthi rebels seized ground there after the truce’s 11 p.m. start time.
On Sunday, Houthi rebels in Yemen accepted a five-day ceasefire offered last week by Saudi Arabia. The New York Times reports that the temporary truce would begin Tuesday night and allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid. But since offering the truce, the Saudi-led coalition carrying out airstrikes in the country has ramped up its bombing campaign.
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