Saudi Arabia has proposed a five-day cease-fire that would allow humanitarian relief supplies to be delivered to the country and the Houthi rebels have accepted the offer. The Saudi-led coalition proposed a halt in the hostilities last week. The cease-fire would begin at 11 p.m. Tuesday.
After a six-week campaign that has failed to meet most of its stated goals, the Saudi-led coalition has shown an intense desire to claim a military victory in the region. The Houthis, a mostly Shiite movement from northern Yemen, has taken control of Sana and forced the government from power.
Even as the cease-fire was accepted, bombs rained down on the residential compound of Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s former president and the Houthis’ most important ally in the war. Mr. Saleh led Yemen for more than three decades and left office in 2012 after an uprising against his autocratic rule. Mr. Saleh survived the attack.
The residence was struck at least seven times, according to witnesses. The airstrikes slightly injured a grandson and a brother-in-law of Mr. Saleh’s as well as two other people, according to people close to the former president. Mr. Saleh appeared on a local television channel wearing a blazer and tie afterward and made a defiant statement in front of the rubble of his compound.
The Saudi-led coalition escalated its bombing campaign in recent days, trying to inflict as much damage as possible on the Houthis and their allies. The airstrikes have rained down on Mr. Saleh’s residence in Sana, the Yemeni capital, and in the northern province of Saada, a Houthi stronghold, in recent days. Mr. Saleh’s residence in Sana sits in a densely populated area near large shopping malls.
The Saudi escalation has drawn sharp criticism from human rights groups as well as the United Nations. More than 1,400 people, most of them civilians, have been killed since March. The Houthis have weathered the onslaught and continued to fight for control of several regions. On Friday, Saudi officials told residents of Saada to leave the area and declared the entire province a military zone.