At least 45 people were killed in clashes and air strikes by the Saudi-led operation in war-torn Yemen over the weekend, despite the ceasefire which was announced by the United Nations on Thursday, according to government and medical sources.
Yemen's exiled government announced on Sunday that at least 35 people were killed in clashes close to the southern Yemeni city of Aden.
The cease fire, meant to have started on Friday, was to allow humanitarian support to be sent to the country’s people after over three months of civil war. However, the tension in the country does not seem to have calmed down.
According to medical sources and relatives, another 10 people were killed in air strikes at night on Sunday across Yemen.
Since March, a coalition composed of 10 Arab states have been bombarding the Iranian-backed Houthi rebel movement to intervene in the escalating sectarian crisis which has gripped the country since last September when the Houthis captured the capital Sanaa last September and forced President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee Saudi Arabia.
The Yemeni government said in a statement that the coalition captured Ras Amran, west of Aden, after long clashes with Houthi fighters, leaving 30 dead while five on the collation side died.
Spokesman of the coalition, Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Asiri, reportedly said that there will not be a ceasefire as the Houthis did not act accordingly to the ceasefire, adding that UN observers did not check for any violations regarding it.
Saba news, a Houthi-run news agency, said 12 people have been killed in the Saudi-led air strikes, adding that the air strikes hit clinics close to the military hospital in Sanaa and trucks carrying food supplies.
The Arab coalition said the Yemeni government did not request the ceasefire to be observed, while the UN Secretary-General's office announced that Hadi had "communicated his acceptance of the pause to the coalition to ensure their support."