Yemen rebels in multiple ceasefire violations

The shelling was so heavy that there was panic and stampedes among women and children in those areas. (Supplied)

Yemeni coup rebels shelled residential areas in some parts of Yemen and attacked  tribal villages in violation of a UN-brokered ceasefire announced at midnight on Monday.

The Iranian-backed Houthis and forces loyal to deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh shelled many civilian areas in Hazm Al Adin town in the Southwestern Ibb governorate just hours after the ceasefire was announced ahead of peace talks which started in Geneva on Tuesday, Yemen’s Marib Press said.

“The shelling was so heavy that there was panic and stampedes among women and children in those areas,” the report said, quoting residents.

In the Western Dhamar governorate, the insurgents launched a surprise attack on a village, prompting the tribesmen to fight them, the report said, adding that the Houthis and their allies withdrew from the village after heavy clashes that resulted in the destruction of two rebel armored vehicles.

It said the rebels also attacked Al Hadaa area in Dhamar but faced tough resistance from the tribes and local residents.

“Heavy clashes erupted on Tuesday afternoon…the tribes remained on alert after the rebels retreated and residents said they expect fighting to resume in that area.”

Other Yemeni news networks said the rebels shelled many areas in the Southwestern Taiz governorate and Marib in Central Yemen just after the ceasefire went into effect.

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