UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United Nations warned on Saturday that the parties to the conflict in the western city of Hodeidah, in the past few days, moved their troops and set up new fortifications, in contravention of the ceasefire agreements signed between them.
This came in a statement issued by the head of the United Nations Mission in Support of the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA) and Chairman of the Committee for the Coordination of Redeployment General “Abhijit Guha” and distributed to journalists.
The UN official urged the Houthis and legitimate government forces to “continue to engage jointly, through the truce mechanism and to strengthen the ceasefire to deal with incidents that may constitute an escalation of violence in Hodeida.”
He called on the parties “to desist from any acts contrary to the Stockholm Agreement”, without giving further details.
“The recent inauguration of five checkpoints on the front lines in Hodeidah has contributed to a significant reduction in the level of violence on the ground,” Guha said.
He praised “the commitment of the parties to work through the mechanism of calm and the strengthening of the ceasefire, which began its work last September on the ship of the United Nations Mission in Support of the Hodeidah Agreement.”
On December 13, 2018, the Yemeni government and the Houthis, following consultations in Stockholm, reached an agreement to resolve the situation in the western coastal province of Hodeidah, as well as the exchange of prisoners and detainees on both sides, numbering more than 15,000.
The implementation of the Stockholm peace agreement between the two sides stalled amid an exchange of accusations of responsibility for obstruction.
The ongoing war for the fifth year has worsened the situation in Yemen, where most of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance.
Since 2015, an Arab coalition, led by the Saudi neighbor, has been conducting military operations in Yemen to support government forces against the Iranian-backed Houthis, who control provinces including the capital Sanaa.
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