UN sets the first point to monitor the ceasefire in Hodeidah

UN sets the first point to monitor the ceasefire in Hodeidah

A team from Yemen’s legitimate government, Houthi militias and others from the United Nations has begun deploying in the lines of contact in Hodeidah, pursuant to a plan to implement last year’s Swedish agreement on redeployment in the city and its ports.

A source said on Sunday that the tripartite committee began on Saturday to establish the first point of control on the lines of contact to be completed within a week.

After that, the rest of the plan will be implemented, which is to verify the exit of Houthi militia elements from the three ports (Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa), and the elements that took over the ports, and the repositioning of forces outside the city over 20 kilometers and 50 kilometers.

The source said that the head of the redeployment team, Indian General Abhijit Guha supervised the installation of the first observation point of the ceasefire in the first phase, which includes four points.

The Khamiri area south of Hodeidah witnessed the establishment of the first point to follow up on the ceasefire, according to the Swedish agreement and the findings of the joint committee.

According to the plan, it is expected to be the establishment of the second control points in the city of Saleh, on Sunday, with the third point in the area of Hosh al-Baqar overlooking the the fourth point in the scene.

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The Sixth Joint Meeting of the Redeployment Coordination Committee is held in Hodeidah Port

Hodeidah

Members of the Yemen Redeployment Coordination Committee held their sixth joint meeting from 8 to 9 September aboard the UN Open Water Ship off Hodeidah Port.

The Redeployment Coordination Committee activated the truce mechanism and reinforced the ceasefire agreed upon at the previous meeting of the Committee during the month of July.

 Accordingly, the Joint Operations Center was established and operated at the Mission headquarters in Hodeidah, which includes liaison and coordination officers from both parties, as well as liaison and coordination officers from the United Nations Mission.

According to a press release issued by the Committee, the Joint Operations Center will work to reduce escalation and address incidents in the field through direct contact with field liaison officers deployed on the fronts of Hodeidah governorate.

Committee members decided to deploy observation teams at four sites on the front lines of Hodeidah as a first step to stabilize the ceasefire.

The members of the Committee also addressed the technical and practical aspects of the UN Special Envoy’s proposal to Yemen on the implementation of the Hodeidah Agreement and its phases, and will present their proposals thereon later.

The Hodeida agreement was reached as part of the Stockholm agreement in December 2018 between the legitimate Yemeni government and the Houthi militia.