For the second day in a row, Houthi militias continue to violate the truce in Taiz by constantly shelling residential neighbourhoods with various types of weapons and attacking sites belonging to the Popular Resistance and the army on various fronts which has led to damage and human loss.
Violent confrontations raged on the eastern and western fronts, in the countryside of Taiz and on the Hayfan front in the south of the city following an attempt by Houthi militias and those loyal to the ousted president Saleh to advance on sites belonging to the Popular Resistance and the national army. People on both sides were killed and injured.
The chief of Taiz’s centre Major General Khaled Fadhel urged the army’s forces and the Popular Resistance on the Hayfan front to “adhere to the declared truce based on the directives of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi” but added that they “reserve the right to retaliate”. He made these comments during his inspection of the front lines of battle fronts, and stressed the need to “exercise vigilance and place our hands on the trigger to deal with any violations of the truce on the part of the Houthi militias and those loyal to the ousted president Saleh”.
Houthi militias violently bombed neighbourhoods in the eastern part of Taiz and the historic Cairo Citadel, central Taiz, at the beginning of the second day of the truce.
On his part, the head of the military council’s operations in Taiz Colonel Abdul Aziz Al-Majidi told Asharq Al-Awsat that “The Houthi militias and those loyal to Saleh have not adhered to the truce in Taiz and have violated it since it came into force by firing heavy weapons of all types. There has actually been an increase in violence perpetrated by Houthi militias who are using heavy artillery”.