Middle East

Saudi-led coalition says Yemen govt did not request truce: Saudi-owned TV

Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Huthi movement raise their weapons during a rally to mark the Quds (Jerusalem) International day, in support of Palestinians, on July 10, 2015 in the capital Sanaa. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS

CAIRO: The Saudi-led coalition that has bombed Yemen's dominant Houthi group for more than three months said on Saturday it had not received a request from the Yemeni government in exile to pause its campaign during a truce, Saudi-owned Arabiya TV said.

The report came after Saudi-led air strikes and heavy shelling between warring factions shook several cities in Yemen overnight, residents said, violating a United Nations humanitarian truce which took effect just before midnight.

"The leadership of the coalition: we did not receive a request from the Yemeni government regarding the truce," a news flash on the channel said on Saturday.





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