Yemen’s seven-day ceasefire looks at the moment like it’s going to last a couple of days at most:
A ceasefire between Yemen’s Houthi group and a Saudi-led alliance was in danger of collapse on Wednesday, each side accusing the other of violating the truce, as peace talks went into a second day in Switzerland.
Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri of the Saudi coalition said the Iran-allied Houthis had repeatedly broken the ceasefire supposed to begin at midday on Tuesday and that his forces were responding.
And yes, to answer your next question, the Houthis are also accusing the Saudis of breaking the ceasefire:
The remarks came after a spokesman for Yemeni government forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, an ally of the Houthis, accused the Saudi-led coalition of a “serious escalation by land, sea and air”, according to the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency.
The spokesman, Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman, said strikes from the sea were taking place on the Red Sea port city of Hodaida, ground forces had attacked Taiz city in southwest Yemen and air strikes by the Arab coalition had not stopped.
Earlier today, pro-Houthi and pro-Hadi forces in the central Yemen Bayda Province had reportedly agreed on a large (~600 people on both sides) prisoner swap, but that’s also apparently been held up. Local tribesmen in Bayda are blocking the roads leading to the exchange site and demanding that the Houthis also release their relatives, whom the Houthis are holding captive for some reason. Meanwhile, talks in Geneva seem to still be going on, though there’s been no signal of any progress, and if the ceasefire fails then it’s anybody’s guess as to whether the talks will continue.
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