Houthis withdraw from three ports of Hudaydah, Salif and Ras Issa

A view of cranes, damaged by air strikes, at the container terminal of the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

YEMEN (VOP TODAY NEWS) — One of the leaders of the Ansarullah movement, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, said that the unilateral withdrawal of Yemeni forces (army and Ansarullah) from Hudaydah port is a result of the UN’s failure to force the mercenary aggressors to withdraw. under the Stockholm Agreement.

Al-Bukhaiti interviewed by Al-Alam said: “Everyone knows that during the negotiations in Sweden, we pleaded for the establishment of a truce on all fronts and that it was the aggressor countries and their mercenaries who opposed it and ended up accepting a limited solution to Hudaydah.

Then, long negotiations began to implement the Swedish agreement, but finally an agreement was reached on a restricted withdrawal of Yemeni forces from the ports of Hudaydah, Salif and Ras Issa in return for the withdrawal of the mercenary aggressors from the grain depots. the Red Sea.”

According to this high member of Ansarullah, after the signing of the agreement, “the aggressor countries and their mercenaries began to kill time not to implement the Stockholm agreement and we [Ansarullah and the army] started to we unilaterally withdraw from the main ports for two months.

The United Nations preferred that this withdrawal be reciprocal and simultaneous, which is why it has tried, throughout these last two months, to push the aggressors to turn back, but without result; she accepted our proposal.”

In a statement, Michael Lollesgaard, chairman of the United Nations Redeployment Coordinating Committee, said the UN “welcomes Ansarullah’s offer and its intention to make a first unilateral redeployment of the Hudaydah ports, Salif and Ras Issa”.

“The United Nations Mission in Support of the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) will monitor this unilateral redeployment, which will begin on May 11, 2019 [today] and end on May 14, 2019, and publish a report to that effect. subject,” said Lollesgaard.

For his part, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, leader of the Yemeni Revolutionary Committees, explained on Twitter that the “unilateral withdrawal” of Yemeni forces was due to the refusal of the Saud-Emirati aggression coalition to implement the agreement reached. in Sweden. He blamed Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and the United Kingdom as “aggressor countries”.

This withdrawal is part of the Swedish agreement under which, with the withdrawal of the warring parties (Ansarullah and the Yemeni army on the one hand and the pro-Hadi forces and the pro-Riyadh coalition of the other) of these three strategic ports, their administrative and security control will be entrusted to the government of Sanaa, that is to say Ansarullah.

The United States, Saudi Arabia and their allies had been wavering in recent months and prevented the entry into force of the Swedish agreement. Now, with the withdrawal of Hudaydah and two other ports, Salif and Ras Issa, it will be Ansarullah who will control them administratively and security, under the supervision of the UN.

An important point to mention is that Ansarullah’s unilateral withdrawal comes after the green light given by the US and the Saudi coalition to the implementation of the Swedish agreement. The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, announced it last week in Ansarullah during a visit to Sanaa.

It is therefore a political withdrawal from the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, made against the backdrop of the Stockholm agreement.

But what are the reasons for the acceptance of the Swedish agreement by the coalition USA / Arab monarchies with a few months delay?

First, after the attack by Yemeni forces against the Yanbu oil port in western Saudi Arabia, Washington and Riyadh, panicked by the improvement of Ansarallah’s operational capabilities, seek to appease the west coast of Yemen to ensure that Yemenis will refrain from taking a stand in the event of a tense situation in the region.

Secondly, following the bitter failures of the Saudi coalition in the Yemeni province of Dhale in recent weeks, the liberation of thousands of square kilometers of areas occupied by Riyadh, especially in the areas overlooking the city of Aden, Ansarullah and problems in the field of mercenary recruitment on the backdrop of Sudanese developments, the Riyadh regime and its coalition of aggression had no choice but to let mercenaries in conflict with Ansarullah on the west coast to accept the application of the Swedish process.


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