A military spokesman in the Yemen`s internationally recognized government on Tuesday accused the Houthi group (Ansar Allah) of it deliberately torpedoed the agreement of Sweden and run away from the implementation of the first phase of the plan to redeploy troops in the city of Hodeida at a time of renewed clashes between the forces of the parties to the conflict in the coastal city.
A spokesman for the joint forces leading the West Coast operations and pro- "legitimate" government Waddah al-Dubaish said that the Houthi group deliberately torpedoed the Swedish agreement and fled the implementation of the first phase of the plan for a redeployment of troops in accordance with the concept of operations agreed on mid-July at the Joint Meeting of the Coordination Committee for the Re-deployment under the chairmanship of General Michael Lollesgaard.
On July 15, the United Nations announced that the parties to the conflict in Yemen had agreed on a new mechanism and procedures to strengthen the cease-fire and the concept of operations for phases I and II of the redeployment of troops at the conclusion of joint meetings of the Committee for the Coordination of Redeployment.
According to the Saudi newspaper "Al-Sharq Al-Wasat", the military spokesman added that the Houthi group insisted on thwarting even a small part - as he put it - of the terms of the agreement in terms of verification and monitoring.
Al-Dhubaish claimed that the Houthis had only reluctantly agreed to the agreement after they had been instructed by Tehran.
Al-Dabeesh pointed out that the representatives of the "legitimate" government and the Houthis group in the Coordination Committee for the Re-deployment received a week ago a letter from the UN observers, including a request to appoint the liaison officers and liaison officers for 24 liaison officers, as well as the three former officers who are the main liaison officers for deployment in hot spots which is witnessing daily violations of the truce, "Hayss, al-Jabalya, al-Tohayta , al-Duraihimi, Kilo 16, 50th Street, the hospital May 22, and Kilo 8."
The military spokesman said that the UN observers requested the parties to prepare within 24 hours for the implementation of the field control, noting that the government team "legitimate", identified the names of liaison officers and announced readiness to begin implementation.
Al-Dhubaish accused the Houthis of failing to implement the UN request despite the passage of about a week, adding that the Houthi group " attacked the site of the presence of members of the Committee of Government Liaison Officers, while the UN observer team was unable to convince the militia leaders to provide the names of Houthi observers. This has hampered the process of stabilizing the ceasefire so far. "
In the same context, local sources in the province of Hodeida said that violent clashes with heavy weapons erupted towards the market ring and the perimeter of Kilo 7 following an attack by the Houthi forces on the positions of the joint forces.
While military sources reported that the Houthi group pushed new reinforcements from its fighters to the province of Hodeida after they received intensive training, in conjunction with the transfer of weapons and military equipment and quantities of land and sea mines to various areas of Hodeida on civilian trucks.
Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.
The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi.
Parties to the 4-year war in Yemen, after 8-day peace talks in Sweden, reached on the 13th of last December an agreement providing for ceasefire in Hodeida and redeployment of both sides' forces, exchanging prisoners and alleviating blockade imposed by Houthis on Taiz.
But none of this has taken place so far, with both sides trading blames for trying to thwart the deal.
On 14 May, the United Nations said Houthi group had withdrawn from Hodeida, Salif and Ras Isa ports, in application of the UN-brokered Stockholm peace deal that made breakthrough in UN efforts to end war in Yemen.
The move raised wrath of the Yemeni internationally-recognized government that dismissed Houthi withdrawal as farce.