UN Envoy States That the Deal to Liberate Hodeidah May Open Channels for Aid in Yemen

February 20, 2019

A major development in the agreement on the withdrawal of forces around the Red Sea port of Hodeidah might remove the obstacle for a vast increase in the flow of aid into Yemen and ward off from turning the nation into a grisly abattoir. This statement was made by the UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.
The progress was made during the weekend between military officials from the Yemen government and Houthi rebels managing the port and city, and the assignment of forces by the conflicting parties could commence probably from 19th or 20th February.
Evaluating the larger progress since a synopsis of UN-backed agreement was reached between the parties in Stockholm in December, Griffiths stated that a gory killing house has been averted, but he also cautioned that the likelihood of famine still hounds this land.
Next week, at a conference in Geneva, the UN is going to demand a further $4billion (£3.1billion) in order to assuage the suffering of civilians.
Griffiths stated that after months of travelling back and forth between Yemen’s crucial cities of Sana’a, Hodeidah, Aden, and Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, the single most important external player in the three-year battle is that unlike other conflicts, Yemen problem can be solved.
Griffiths, while speaking from Amman, in Jordan, stated that the possibility of the civil war staying unsettled was frightening. “A famine is tailing the nation, and there is the peril to Red Sea shipping.
Griffiths who commented after Houthi militia and Yemen government commanders admitted at the weekend meeting to start the first phase of redistribution of their forces around Hodeidah, the Houthi-captured port and also a gateway for aid into the nation. He even stated that the accord was only “a temporary, stop-gap solution” to demilitarize the city of Hodeidah and did not decide the broader issue of sovereignty in Yemen. Moreover, the aid is required in order to deal with the famine threat.

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