UN Team Head Declared Safe after the Car Shooting Incident in Hodeidah

January 18, 2019

The head of a UN mission who has been assigned the job of supervising a peace deal in Yemen’s Hodeidah port city is completely safe. In a statement issued by the United Nations on Thursday, it has been stated that the UN head escaped unhurt after an armored vehicle in his convoy was struck by a bullet.

Both the Iranian-affiliated Houthi rebels who regulate Hodeidah, and the Saudi-led coalition that has assembled its troops on the outskirts, blamed each another for firing/ shooting on the convoy of retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric stated that Cammaert and his team were leaving a meeting with representatives of Yemen government when the incident took place. While briefing reports, Dujarric informed reports that they don’t have any news about the source of the firing. He added that a UN labeled armored car endured one small round of arms fire. Dujarric further added that all conflicting parties in Yemen are responsible for the safety of the UN personnel. He stated that Cammaert urged for calm and bolstering the truce in Hodeidah by the conflicting parties.

A Yemeni source in the Saudi-led coalition stated that the convoy was going to an area under the control of the Saudi-led group when Houthi rebels started firing. A statement submitted by the Houthi official stated that the coalition-backed forces in the eastern suburbs, a trouble spot, had fired on the convoy.

On 22nd December, Cammaert reached the Red Sea port city in order to lead the committee supervising enforcement of a truce and troop pullout deal reached during peace discussions between the Houthis and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government in Sweden last month.

The ceasefire might have prevented a full-scale attack on Hodeidah, the entry point for huge amount of Yemen’s commercial imports as well as vital aid. It is also a lifeline for millions of Yemenis who are on the brink of extreme hunger.

U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths has stated that strong advancement is needed in Hodeidah before more discussions can be held on concluding the war that has killed tens of thousands of people.

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