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Reports: Yemen Cease-Fire Breached Within Hours of Start

File-This Oct. 14, 2016, file photo shows fire and smoke rise after a Saudi-led airstrike hit a site believed to be one of the largest weapons depots on the outskirts of Yemen's capital, Sanaa. The warring parties in Yemen have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire which is to take effect shortly before midnight Wednesday, the U.N. special envoy to Yemen announced Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. A U.N. statement said Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed “welcomes the restoration of the Cessation of Hostilities, which will spare the Yemeni people further bloodshed and will allow for the expanded delivery of humanitarian assistance.” (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
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SANAA, Yemen – A three-day U.N.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect in Yemen Wednesday night was breached by the Houthi rebels, army sources and residents said.

The army sources said Houthi rebels and their allies, militants loyal to Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, breached the truce by heavily shelling areas in Taez, 170 miles south of Sanaa.

Meanwhile, more breaches were registered in two other Yemeni governorates, the sources added.

The Saudi-led coalition backing President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi’s government, and the Houthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa, have agreed to the truce. The coalition announced it will abide by the truce to allow humanitarian aid into besieged areas, but said it will retaliate against any military movements by the Houthi rebels.

 

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