Ceasefire terminated in Yemen amid allegations of violations on both sides
Yemenis walk past stalls at a market on November 19, 2016 in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/File)
The Arab coalition supporting Yemen's government against Iran-backed Houthi militias said a 48-hour ceasefire ended at midday (0900 GMT) Monday due to repeated violations by Houthi militias and their allies.
"There is no respect (for the ceasefire), only violations," Coalition spokesman Maj. Gen. Ahmed Assiri said, adding that there were "no orders to extend the ceasefire."
Assiri said that the militias committed more than 500 violations since the beginning of the ceasefire, Al Arabiya news channel reported.
The Coalition spokesperson explained that violations were made within the first hours of the ceasefire.
"There have been more people killed in (the southwestern city of) Taiz and more attacks with surface-to-surface missiles, so automatically the conditions are not there" for prolonging the ceasefire, Assiri said.
The ceasefire began on Saturday.
The Coalition had said the truce could be renewed if the rebels abided by the deal and allowed aid deliveries to besieged cities.
In Aden, Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid Bin Doghr said that the Arab Coalition countries have managed to salvage his country from the risks of the sectarian strife.
In a statement to the state-run news agency SABA, he lauded the courageous fraternal stand of Arab Coalition countries, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in support of legitimacy in Yemen.
Meanwhile, Yemeni government welcomed the initiatives aiming to contribute to rehabilitation of war-hit areas in Yemen.
Yemeni Minister of Works Wahi Aman said during his meeting with the representative of the Yemeni Kuwaiti Relief Commission Raed Ibrahim Gasem that his ministry welcomes all social and relief organizations and commissions who would like to contribute to the rehabilitation and repair of the war-hit homes in Aden and other provinces.