Yemen accused Houthis of assaulting an oil-rich area, despite cease-fire,

SANAA: In spite of UN-brokered two-month ceasefire, the Yemeni government has accused the Houthi rebels of assaulting the oil-rich province of Marib.

"The Houthis launched a sniper operation on the northwestern front of Marib Province, killing one member of the armed forces and wounded another," the Defence Ministry stated in a statement. According to media reports, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has accused the Houthis of violating the UN-brokered cease-fire in numerous areas of the war-torn Arab country.

On May 13, the Yemeni army accused the Houthis of shelling a civilian neighbourhood in the Dhabab district in the southwestern province of Taiz at random. According to the army, the strike killed a toddler and gravely injured his parents, but the rebels did not respond to the government's charges.

The two-month truce took effect on April 2, marking the first major step in years in ending the Yemeni war, which has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed the country to the verge of famine. Despite rare purported breaches by the warring parties, the truce has mainly held.

Yemen has been engulfed in civil war since late 2014, when the Houthi militia, supported by Iran, seized control of key northern districts and drove the Saudi-backed government out of Sanaa.

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