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In a statement released on 16 July, the Supreme Political Council in Yemen rejected the idea of extending the UN-brokered truce, citing a continued violation of the terms of the agreement by the US-backed Saudi-led coalition.
The ceasefire agreement, initially implemented on 2 April, was extended for two months on 2 June, and is set to expire next month.
According to Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, the disregard displayed by the Saudi-led coalition for the terms of the ceasefire agreement is “shocking and disappointing.”
The council also said that the violations of the truce by the Saudi-led coalition are unacceptable, and will not be tolerated in the event of any future extension of the agreement.
In its statement, the council said the US-backed Saudi-led coalition continues to violate the agreement through its economic blockade on the country, and its constant prevention of humanitarian fuel shipments from entering Yemen’s main port of Hodeidah.
The council said that no trust can be placed in any future talks of peace or truce extension with Saudi and US officials.
The Saudi-led coalition has continuously violated the ceasefire agreement since it went into effect on 2 April this year.
On that day, and a mere hours after the ceasefire implementation, coalition artillery fire on Saada province left three civilians dead.
The US-backed Saudi-led war coalition carried out over 1,500 violations of the agreement, Yemeni military sources reported on 9 April, in the first week of the truce.
Within a month of the start of the ceasefire, Saudi-led coalition forces had already violated the truce over 5,000 times, a military official told media on 5 May.
Last week, it was reported that the coalition violated the truce 142 times within a mere 24 hours.
In blatant disregard for the agreement, the Saudi-led coalition has continuously seized humanitarian fuel shipments bound for Yemen.
Over the past year, the coalition has also consistently and illegally looted and sold large quantities of Yemeni gas and crude oil.
The Yemeni statement was released soon after President Biden completed his visit to the region, during which he visited the occupied West Bank, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.
During a speech at the Jeddah Security and Development Summit on 16 July, Biden acknowledged the suffering of the Yemeni people and called for a political solution and an end to the war.
Despite US calls for the conflict to end, however, Washington continues to provide the Saudi-led coalition with logistical support, aiding the Saudi kingdom’s brutal war on Yemen.
According to Yemeni Prime Minister Abdulaziz Saleh bin Habtoor, looting of Yemeni gas and crude oil by the coalition has been taking place under directives from Washington, as part of a US scheme to control Yemeni oil through its Gulf allies.