Yemeni minister rejects the withdrawal of the Houthis from Hodeidah as a “play”

A follower of the Houthi group holds up his rifle as he demonstrates against the Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen, in Sanaa April 1, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

YEMEN (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Saudi Arabia’s backed minister of information denied on Saturday the withdrawal of the Houthis from the Red Sea port of Hodeidah as a “play” aimed at “misleading the international community.”

“What happened today is an open play through which Take out a group of militias in civilian clothes and replace them with others dressed in the official dress of the Coast Guard Police in an attempt to mislead the international community before the Security Council meeting, although we are serious about achieving peace.”

A Reuters witness said that the Houthi movement began on Saturday to withdraw its troops from the port of Salif in the province of Hodeidah under the UN-brokered peace agreement, which has been stalled for months, in a move that revives the hope that peace efforts to end the war since four years.


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