UN States That the Troops Pullout from Yemen’s Hodeidah May Start from Tuesday, Wednesday

February 20, 2019

On 19th February, Martin Griffiths, United Nations Yemen envoy told the UN Security Council that the restationing of the forces in Yemen’s Hodeidah by the conflicting parties could begin from 19th itself or from 20th February.
The Iran-affiliated Houthi campaign and the Saudi-backed government conceded during discussions in Sweden last year December to pull out their respective forces by 7th January from the Red Sea city under a ceasefire directed at avoiding a total assault on the port and arrange for discussions to end the four-year-old war.
But the pact came to a halt over control of Hodeidah, which is a lifeline for millions of Yemenis who are on the verge of facing famine. After weeks of consultation, the United Nations on Sunday stated that the parties had reached an understanding on phase one of the redeployment of forces.
Griffiths told the 15-member council that the start of the accord that might kick-off from 19th itself or on 20th February and with the enforcement of the part of the Hodeidah accord they now have the chance to move from the pledge made in Sweden and hope something new for Yemen.
Under phase one, the Houthis would pull out their forces from the ports of Hodeidah, Saleef, which is used for importing grains, and Ras Isa that is used for oil. This would be met by a withdrawal of Saudi-led allied forces from the eastern outskirts of Hodeidah, where conflict erupted before a truce went into effect on 18th December.
Late on Monday, Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam stated that the pullout of forces from the ports could be enforced in the upcoming two days after Sunday’s pact but the group is waiting to hear from the end of the United Nations.
Sadeq Daweed, a government spokesman, stated that the Yemeni government thinks the execution of phase one could only start when both sides agree on the local authority that will manage the ports and the city under the Stockholm agreement.

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