At least 10 people were killed in heavy clashes in Yemen on Friday despite a five-day humanitarian truce, while aid distribution to the millions deprived of food, fuel and medicine by weeks of fighting and air strikes continued. Reuters has more:
Saudi Arabia, leading a coalition of Arab states backed by the West, has pounded Iranian-allied Houthi forces and fighters loyal to Yemen’s former leader since March 26, aiming to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The ceasefire, which began on Tuesday, appeared to be mostly holding on Friday despite heavy ground fighting between local militiamen and the Houthis in the city of Taiz, residents said. A medical source said 10 were killed.
In the city of Dhalea residents also reported clashes on Friday but there was no information on casualties.
“Nothing has changed with this truce. People are still fighting and the Houthis are still in control,” said Alawi al-Afouri, a resident in the southern city of Aden.
“The legitimate Yemeni government is scattered abroad and has no authority inside.”Officials from Hadi’s government in exile live mostly in Riyadh and have little influence on the ground in Yemen.