RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A 48-hour truce in Yemen, which ended Monday, will not be extended, the Saudi-led coalition supporting the Yemeni government announced.
The coalition said repeated violations of the truce, announced on Nov. 15 by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, have prompted the resumption of military operations, which involve airstrikes on Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
"There is no respect [for the truce], only violations," coalition spokesman Maj. Gen. Ahmed Assiri said, adding there are "no orders to extend the ceasefire."
Assiri added there were over 500 breaches of the ceasefire by Houthi militias in Yemen and in Saudi Arabia's southern provinces of Najran and Jizan, adjacent to Yemen, the Al Arabiya news channel reported Monday. The truce brought a break in airstrikes to the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, but fighting continued around the city of Taiz.
The coalition, which includes the United States, began its military involvement in Yemen in March 2015. More than 7,000 people have been killed since the conflict escalated, the BBC reported.