Yemen rebels launch attack despite Saudi-led coalition truce

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ADEN: Yemen’s Huthi rebels pounded an area in the southern province of Taez shortly after the start early Monday of a humanitarian truce declared by the Saudi-led coalition bombing the Iran-backed insurgents. The rebels shelled residential areas in Jebel Sabr, witnesses said, although in the capital Sanaa and in central Yemen, officials and residents said the ceasefire appeared to hold. The Saudi-led coalition backing loyalist troops on Saturday announced the five-day truce from midnight on Monday (Sunday 2100 GMT) to allow aid deliveries, but also said it reserved the right to respond to “military activity or movement.” UN chief Ban Ki-moon made a plea for all sides to “agree to and maintain the humanitarian pause for the sake of all the Yemeni people.”

AFP

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