UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has expressed deep disappointment over violations of a recent truce deal that was reached in response to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, outbreak.
This comes after Houthis, Iran’s proxy in Yemen, claimed responsibility for missile attacks that hit two cities yesterday in Saudi Arabia.
The UN-suggested ceasefire aimed to protect civilians from the novel coronavirus pandemic and was expected to come into effect after it was welcomed by the legitimate government of Yemen, Houthis militias, and Saudi Arabia.
Following the attacks, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said air raids destroyed a number of military targets of the Houthi group.
“I am gravely dismayed and disappointed by these actions at a time when the Yemeni public’s demands for peace are unanimous and louder than ever before,” Griffiths said. “Yemen needs its leaders to focus every minute of their time on averting and mitigating the potentially disastrous consequences of a Covid-19 outbreak.”