Sources: Houthis withdraw from two ports in Yemen Monday under a peace agreement

People gather near a tank burnt during clashes on a street in Yemen's southern port city of Aden March 29, 2015. Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in downtown Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country. REUTERS/Stringer

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Houthis allied to Iran have agreed to withdraw from two ports on Monday as they carry out a withdrawal from the main port of Hodeidah later in the day as Arab-backed forces retreating from the outskirts of the city, UN and Yemeni sources said.

Three sources said the Houthi forces would withdraw five kilometers from Salih, used for grain, and Ras Issa, used for oil, as a first step agreed upon with the internationally recognized government.

The withdrawal of the Houthis from the port of Hodeidah and the withdrawal of coalition-backed forces a kilometer from the eastern suburb of Kilo 7 in the city will be a second step.

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani, a senior negotiator for the internationally recognized government of Yemen, said the initial redeployment of the Houthis must be checked before proceeding with the rest of the procedures and opening humanitarian corridors.

“This is what has been discussed and approved by the Yemeni government, and the procedures should be verified before moving on to the second part,” he told the Middle East newspaper in remarks published on Sunday.

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