ADEN, Yemen, The two warring Yemeni sides, continued cease-fire breaches, in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, despite the presence of a monitoring team, led by the United Nations.

Forces loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni government, blamed the Houthi rebels of launching sporadic mortar shell attacks, against a number of residential areas and military sites, over the past 24 hours.

An army commander said that, the Houthi rebels randomly shelled the government's military sites in Durayhmi and other nearby residential areas, with mortar shells.

Earlier in the day, the Houthis attacked with rocket-propelled grenades, locations of the joint pro-government military forces in alJaah area of Hodeidah, the army commander said.

The Saudi-led coalition, backing the legitimate Yemeni government said, "Houthi militias have violated the Hodeidah cease-fire 29 times in the past 24 hours."

On the other side, the Houthi rebels accused the government forces of shelling AlShabab neighbourhood and the 9th street with heavy gunfire.

Residents confirmed that the two-warring sides continued in exchanging heavy gunfire, including artillery shelling throughout the day, but sporadically.

The cease-fire deal, signed between the two warring rivals, last week in Sweden, demanded full withdrawal of all armed groups from Hodeidah and its strategic seaports.

According to the deal, the UN will manage the port and supervise the re-deployment of neutral forces there, to prevent military escalation, while local forces will help maintain law and order in the city.

During the first days of the cease-fire, that went into effect last week, tense calm was observed in the neighbourhoods of Hodeidah, despite the heavy deployment of fighters of the two warring sides, inside and around the city.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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