Houthi media reported that the Saudi-Emirati coalition launched eight raids on Friday in areas of Al-Jawf and Hajjah governorates in northern Yemen.
These raids come just one day after the coalition unilaterally announced the start of a two-week ceasefire that can be extended, and hours after a call by Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan to the group to seize what he called the "opportunity" to respond to the declared truce.
Al-Masirah channel affiliated with the Houthis stated, "The aggression (the coalition) launched 6 air strikes on the Haradh district in Hajjah, which is linked to land borders with Saudi Arabia."
She added that "the aviation itself launched two air strikes on the district of Khub and Al-Sha`f, the largest directorates of Al-Jouf", without indicating whether the raids resulted in material losses or lives, and there was no immediate comment from the coalition on the attacks.
Houthi political bureau member Muhammad al-Bakhiti also affirmed in a statement to Al-Jazeera that the coalition's military operations are continuing by land and air, and that its flights carried out raids on Asir and Al-Jawf, which is considered a "major land escalation".
He added that the goal of the coalition in declaring the armistice was to reduce pressure on him in Marib and mix the cards, noting that the group had not carried out any operation during the period of the declaration of the ceasefire, and that it had merely been observing.
He also stressed that the group had not announced its position on the armistice because, as he put it, it was a continuation of the blockade and war in another way.
It is noteworthy that the Saudi-Emirati alliance had announced the day before yesterday Wednesday a comprehensive cease-fire in Yemen for a period of two weeks, which began yesterday, with the possibility of renewing it at the invitation of the United Nations repeated on stopping military actions to confront the Corona virus.
The Yemeni government and Western and Arab parties welcomed the initiative, as the Houthis considered it a mere "maneuver" that would not succeed unless accompanied by the lifting of the blockade, and accused the coalition forces of continuing the military escalation on several fronts.