UN announces its monitoring of withdrawal of Houthis from ports of Hodeidah

UN announced it would monitor the withdrawal of the Houthis from Hodeidah in part, which begins Saturday and lasts for 3 days.

The RCC committee, led by Danish Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard, head of the U.N. observer team in Hodeidah, confirmed that the Houthis intend to begin withdrawing from the ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa, according to Al Arabiya.

"The Houthis have offered an initial unilateral withdrawal from Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa," the United Nations' Coordinating Committee for the Referendum said. "The withdrawal of the Houthis from Hodeidah will allow for a UN role in supporting the Red Sea ports."

"We will monitor the withdrawal of the Houthis from 11 this month for three days," the committee said.

The Committee stated in a statement that it was important for the plan to follow "binding and transparent procedures by the parties to fully meet their obligations".

The Yemeni government and Houthi forces signed an initial agreement in December to withdraw Huthi elements from Hodeidah by January 7 to pave the way for negotiations to end the four-year war.

Yemen has been in a long conflict since 2015 between Houthi forces loyal to Iran and the Yemeni army, supported by the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and killed during the war about 10 thousand people, according to statistics of the World Health Organization.



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