UN controls the withdrawal of Houthis from Yemen ports

A Saudi soldier stands guard at the international airport of Yemen's southern port city of Aden, July 24, 2015. Two Saudi aircraft landed at Aden bringing equipment needed to re-open the city's airport four months after the Yemeni civil war shut it down. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The redeployment of the Houthi rebel forces from three Yemeni ports, including Hodeida, is in line with the Stockholm agreements and is under UN control, the organization’s mission in the country said.

It is reported that during the first day the Houthis withdrew their forces from the ports of Hodeidah, Ras Isa and al-Salif.

“The UN simultaneously monitored three ports at the time of the withdrawal of the armed forces, the port guards assumed responsibility for ensuring security in them,” the statement said.

It is expected that in the time remaining until May 14, demining will be conducted, the UN mission said.

In turn, the coordinator of the process by the UN, Michael Lollesgaard, said that the step of the Hussites is in line with the Stockholm agreements.

“The Yemeni government has declared its commitment to implement its part of the first stage of the agreement at the request of the UN. Consultations with the parties on the next steps are underway,” he said.

The loyal to the Yemeni authorities, the governor of the port of Hodeidah al-Hassan Tahir, told RIA Novosti earlier that the withdrawal of the Hussite troops from the city on Saturday was a “spectacle.”

Martin Griffiths, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, announced in mid-April that the warring parties in Yemen had reached agreement on the implementation of the first stage of the redeployment plan.

The first phase of redeployment involves the withdrawal of armed formations from Hodeida, as well as the ports of Salif and Ras Isa.

The military-political conflict in Yemen between the government and the Houthi rebels from the Shiite Houthis movement has been going on since 2014. Since March 2015, a military coalition of Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia, has been on the side of the government.

In December 2018, the parties to the conflict in Yemen for the first time in several years met at the negotiating table, which were organized under the auspices of the UN in Stockholm.

They managed to reach a number of important agreements, in particular, on the exchange of prisoners, a cease-fire in the port city on the Red Sea, Hodeida, and the transfer of it to the Houthis under UN control.


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