Yemen ceasefire ‘broken within minutes’
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.