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Yemeni Forces Loyal to Former President Reject Ceasefire

Sputnik News

21:02 26.07.2015(updated 21:22 26.07.2015)

Loyalists of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh in army will continue fighting along with Houthis against the supporters of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi despite the ceasefire proposed by the Saudi-led coalition, accoridng to a spokesman of the forces.

SANAA (Sputnik) – Yemeni forces loyal to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh do not recognize the ceasefire proposed by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels, a spokesman of the forces told Sputnik on Sunday.

On Saturday, the Saudi-led coalition announced the third five-day humanitarian truce with the Houthi rebels in Yemen to allow for aid to be delivered to those injured and displaced by the violence. The UN-backed truce is due to come into force at 20:59 GMT Sunday.

Saleh's loyalists in Yemen's army will continue fighting along with Houthis against the supporters of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, Col. Sharaf Luqman told Sputnik.

'We do not believe in this truce, as the Saudi command does not respect any truce,' he added.

The commander added that the proposed truce was not negotiated by the parties to the Yemeni conflict, while two previous ceasefire deals backed by the United Nations were violated by the Saudi-led coalition.

Since early 2015, Yemen has been engulfed in military conflict between Houthis, the country's main opposition faction, and government forces.

In late March, the Saudi-led coalition of Arab states began airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen at the request of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Since the start of the coalition's airstrikes, more than 3,200 people have been killed in Yemen, including 1,600 civilians, according to the United Nations.

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