By: Mona Zaid
A week ago the Spokesman for the Aggression coalition ,Turki al-Malki announced that to coalition would begin a ceasefire because it was “determined to create a conducive environment for the UN envoy’s [peace] efforts, and to alleviate the suffering of the brotherly people of Yemen and support the efforts towards combating the spread of Covid-19 pandemic”.
Hours after the coalition’s ceasefire announcement before two weeks, the army spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sarie said in a statement that the coalition is clearly continuing to escalate through infiltration attempts, attacks and air strikes.
Sarie confirmed that the armed forces would take appropriate measures to defend the Yemeni people and deter the dangerous escalation of Saudi-led aggression coalition against Yemen.
The enemy’s attacks during the last days amounted to more than 42 offensive operations and infiltration attempts distributed into the provinces of Marib, Jawf, Bayda and Taiz and the border fronts, he added.
During the same period, the aggression coalition airstrikes amounted to 230 air strikes, which were distributed in the provinces of Sana’a, Amran, Jawf, Marib, Bayda, Saada, and Hodeidah, according to the spokesman.
Brigadier-General Sarie affirmed in a statement that the armed forces would not be restricted before the military escalation by the enemy.
Armed Forces spokesman, Yahya Sare’e, said that the US-Saudi aggression launched more than 12 military creeps and more than 100 raids during the 72 hours Since a ceasefire was announced. Sare’e noted that the aggression launched seven air strikes, which were distributed in separate areas of Marib and Al-Jawf provinces.
“Whenever the enemy spoke about peace, it was accompanied by an escalation targeting civilian areas,” The Minister of Information, Dhaifallah Al-Shami.
Al-Shami, said that the aggression raids launched every day on a number of governorates are a dangerous escalation, but not out of the ordinary, and it reveals aggression’s desire is not to stop the aggression.
The aggression didn’t stop … and until this moment there are tens of continuous air strikes,” Ansar Allh spokesman Mohamed Abdelsalam said to some news channels some five hours after the truce began.
“We consider the ceasefire a political and media manoeuver” to bolster the image of the coalition in this critical moment when the world is facing the coronavirus pandemic, he added.
“We are willing to freeze and stop military operations on all fronts to reach a just and honourable peace if they really want peace for the Yemeni people,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, head of Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said in a statement on Twitter.
For his part, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a senior political bureau member said before the ceasefire began wanted a complete cessation of the war and the lifting of the siege once and for all”.
“If any ceasefire does not include the removal of the siege on Yemen, that would be the continuation of the Saudi war,” he said.
“The aggression’s [coalition] move to announce a ceasefire was just another ploy,” he added.
Al-Bukhaiti that shortly after the ceasefire announcement the coalition warplanes struck several positions in Saada, Amran and Bayda provinces.