Washington Post: Intense clashes in Yemen endanger prospects of humanitarian cease-fire

CAIRO — Clashes between Yemen’s Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led alliance intensified Monday ahead of a planned humanitarian cease-fire, with coalition air raids pounding targets in Yemen’s capital and the Houthis claiming to have downed a Moroccan fighter jet in the north.

Also Monday, a Saudi-owned television network reported that the Saudi military was sending a “strike force” of tanks and artillery to the Yemeni border.

The fighting could jeopardize a five-day “humanitarian pause” set to begin Tuesday to allow greater aid shipments from the United Nations and other groups. Impoverished Yemen has been devastated by the Saudi-led air war, which started March 26 in a bid to restore exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to power.


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