The Houthis accused the Saudi-Emirati coalition of launching massive raids in violation of the declared cease-fire on its part, and they confirmed that they simultaneously repelled two Yemeni army attacks in Ma'rib and Al-Jawf governorates, warning of the consequences of what they described as a dangerous escalation.
The Houthi military spokesman, Brigadier Yahya Sari, announced that the Saudi-Emirati coalition aircraft launched 25 raids on Saturday, including 23 in one hour in Marib, in support of government forces in the Sarwah district, west of the governorate, east of Sanaa.
Sari spoke about what he called a dangerous escalation by the coalition, saying that it will have repercussions for the coalition, and that he must bear the consequences of the escalation.
The military spokesman, Al-Houthi, confirmed that their forces repulsed - in conjunction with the raids - what he described as the encroachment of government forces on the Houthi positions in Sarwah, Marib, and in the "Khub and Al-Sha`f" directorate in the Al-Jawf governorate bordering Marib in northeastern Yemen, and spoke of dozens of dead and wounded among the attacking forces. .
The Saudi-Emirati coalition announced that a unilateral truce was in effect for two weeks, starting from Thursday, and said that the truce is a response to the United Nations' call to stop the fighting in order to open the way for international efforts to prevent the spread of the Corona epidemic in Yemen, and to prepare the atmosphere for a possible settlement ending the war that has continued since more than five years.
However, the Houthi group accused the coalition of launching raids shortly after the truce took effect, and they talked about land and air military operations Thursday in several axes, especially in the Hajjah governorate linked to land borders with Saudi Arabia.
In previous statements to the island, Houthi leaders accused the coalition of maneuvering and of not wanting to bring peace, and said that Riyadh's announcement of a partial truce with the continuation of the blockade means the continuation of the war.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and the Arab League have invited the Houthis to respond to the truce announced by Riyadh.
For his part, UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths said he briefed all parties about proposals on a ceasefire and economic and humanitarian measures to alleviate the suffering of Yemenis, and urged them to accept them without delay to start a formal political process.
Griffiths also said the proposed agreements are balanced, and represent a realistic and comprehensive package for taking a historic step toward peace.
In other military developments on the Yemeni scene, a Yemeni military source said that the Houthis took control, on Saturday, of the desert area of "Al Khanjar" in the "Khub and Al Sha`f" district of Al-Jawf Governorate.
The source added that the Houthis launched an attack on this area in the Rub al-Khali desert, between the "yatma" area near the border with Saudi Arabia and the Ma'rib Governorate.
The Houthis did not announce their control over the Al-Khanjar camp, while the Yemeni Army Media Center said that its forces repelled a Houthi attack on the camp that began on Thursday evening and ended at dawn on Friday.
Yemeni military sources also said that the national army forces repelled an attack by the Houthis in the "Qania" area in Al-Bayda Governorate (central Yemen), and succeeded in controlling other sites.
The sources added that clashes erupted in the area located on the only road linking Sanaa and the eastern governorates, and that the Houthis took advantage of the absence of the Air Force to push large reinforcements to the fighting fronts in Al-Bayda Governorate.
On the other hand, local sources said that the house of a prominent tribal leader in the Ma'rib governorate was subjected to a missile attack on Saturday evening, and that preliminary information indicated that there were no casualties.
The sources added that the home of Sheikh Ali bin Hassan bin Gharib in the Shabwana area was attacked by a ballistic missile launched by the Houthis, while other sources said that the attack was carried out by a Houthi-struck plane.
The sources added that Sheikh Bin Gharib is considered one of the most prominent anti-Houthi resistance leaders in the Ma'rib Governorate.