Fana: At a Speed of Life!

Yemen ceasefire ‘broken within minutes’

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Addis Ababa, December 18, 2018 (FBC) – A ceasefire in Yemen’s war was broken minutes after coming into effect, pro-government officials say.

The warring sides had agreed for a truce deal to be implemented in the port city of Hudaydah at midnight local time (21:00 GMT) on Tuesday.

But there have been reports of sporadic clashes between the Houthi rebels and pro-government forces in the city, which is a vital gateway for aid.

The rebels have reportedly shelled government forces in eastern Hudaydah.

One pro-government official told AFP news agency clashes were ongoing.

Both sides agreed to the ceasefire at United Nations-sponsored talks in Sweden last Thursday, and some hoped it would be the starting point to bringing nearly four years of civil war to a close.

But the truce was delayed on Friday following reports of strikes and fierce clashes, according to BBC.