Yemen's Houthis shoot down Saudi coalition 'spy plane' in Saada despite ceasefire
Houthi air defences shot down a "spy plane" belonging to the coalition in the Razih district of Saada province in northern Yemen, the official Saba news agency quoted a military official as saying.
The two-week break in fighting began on Thursday, a day before the war-torn nation confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus.
The ceasefire was aimed at creating "favourable conditions" for a UN-supervised meeting between the Riyadh-backed Yemeni government, the rebels and the coalition to pave the way for a permanent ceasefire in Yemen, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said.
Saudi Arabia, the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels had all welcomed an appeal from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for an "immediate global ceasefire" to help avert disaster for vulnerable people in conflict zones.
The country is already gripped by what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis. War-torn Yemen's broken health care system has also alarmed aid groups with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However attacks continued even after the ceasefire was announced, as Yemen's government accused Houthi rebels of shelling residential areas.