ADEN, Yemen, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's internationally-recognized government announced on Sunday that four of its soldiers were killed by the Houthi rebel militia despite the ongoing truce brokered by the United Nations(UN) in the war-ravaged country.
According to a statement released by the Aden-based government, the Iranian-backed Houthi militia committed 235 violations of the UN armistice in eight provinces in the past three days.
The Houthis used Katyusha rockets, artillery shells and booby-trapped drones to attack military sites controlled by the pro-government forces in various Yemeni regions, killing four soldiers of the pro-government forces and injuring another 19, it added.
The current truce went into force for the first time on April 2 and was renewed for two months on June 2, and then extended for an additional two months on August 2.
Although the truce has largely been upheld, the internationally-recognized government and the Houthi militia frequently trade accusations of violations that include sporadic armed attacks.
Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized control of several northern provinces and forced the Saudi-backed Yemeni government out of the capital Sanaa.
The war has killed tens of thousands of people, displaced 4 million, and pushed the country to the brink of starvation.