Yemen and Its Allies Blame Houthis for Breaking Withdrawal Deal

March 6, 2019

Yemen’s government along with its Saudi and Emirati supporters are blaming the Houthi militants for refusing to adhere to a deal that was reached two weeks back on re-stationing forces away from Read Sea ports in the war battered nation.

The rebels acknowledged withdrawing their forces from the rebel-held ports of Saleef and Ras Issa during discussions held on 17th February that outlined the first solid step towards de-escalation in the nearly four-year’s battle.

The Yemeni government, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia pressed the Security Council to urge that the Houthis uphold their dedication, according to the letter that was sent on Monday to the council and to Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the U.N.

The letter which has been endorsed by the three U.N. ambassadors stated that last week’s sudden and indefinable turndown by the Houthis to pull back from the Saleef and Ras Issa ports comes as no surprise after months of interrupting tactics from their side.

Since a truce was conceded in Sweden in December, the Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s government and the Houthis has blamed each other of breaches; however, the United Nations has rejected the blame.

Stephane Dujarric, U.N. spokesperson stated discussions were ongoing with both sides in order to get them to deliver on their allegiance and withdraw their forces from the ports.
The Security Council is scheduled to discuss about Yemen on 19th March amidst anxiety that the fragile ceasefire accord may be unsnarling.

The withdrawal from Saleef and Ras Issa port were acknowledged as the first phase of restationing to be followed by pullouts from the main port of Hodeida and other areas in the city that could be used as humanitarian channels.

Coalition forces have recorded 1,754 Houthi breaches since the truce went into force on 18th December, stating that 125 pro-government troops had been killed during that time.

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