A photo released by Ansarallah of a Saudi airstrike on Saada on 21 January 2022. (Photo credit: AFP)
The US-backed coalition led by Saudi Arabia has violated the UN-brokered truce with Yemen 142 times within 24 hours.
This recently included the shelling of a border city in the province of Saada, in which 17 people were killed or injured, according to Yemen’s Saba Net news agency.
The violations took place on 10 July.
In one of the many violations, Saudi forces opened fire on an area of Saada province next to the border. Many victims are in hospitals in critical condition.
Including Saada, there were 20 violations involving Saudi-led forces opening fire on people in Marib, Hajjah, Taiz, Hodeidah, and more.
Saba Net cited a military source which disclosed that 35 of these violations involved the flying of armed reconnaissance drones and warplanes over Marib, Hajjah, Taiz, Jawf, Saada, Dhalea, Hodeidah and Bayda provinces.
Additionally, new military fortifications were set up in Hajjah, Marib, Najran, and Jizan.
There were 78 violations of the truce that involved firing on the homes of Yemeni civilians across various provinces.
Sanaa has been reconsidering its commitment to the UN-brokered truce, due to the failure of the Saudi-led coalition to abide by the rules and the UN dereliction of duty in failing to stop these violations.
Another tactic which constitutes a truce violation is the systematic theft of Yemeni oil by the Saudi-led naval blockade.
According to Yemeni government officials, the Saudi coalition has looted and sold millions of barrels of Yemeni crude oil – worth hundreds of millions of dollars – by dispatching large tankers that arrive at Yemeni ports “at an almost monthly rate,” media reported.
The theft of much needed oil derivatives in Yemen exacerbates the multiple crises affecting the country, including a looming famine that threatens the nation.
According to a recent UN report, 19 million Yemenis are currently facing severe hunger, the highest number since the start of the invasion by the Saudi-led coalition in 2015.
The UN report came days after a UAE tanker set off from Radhum port in Yemen’s southern Shabwa province on 26 June, having stolen more than 400,000 barrels of crude oil.
Yemen’s Health Ministry declared that the ceasefire violations of the Saudi-led coalition have led to 31 deaths and 356 injuries.