Yemeni rivals trade blames for violating Hodeida ceasefire

Hodeida (Debriefer)
2018-12-27 | Since 2 Year


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Yemeni government forces backed by Arab coalition and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels on Thursday traded charges for breaching truce in the western port city of Hodeida, one day after the UN Redeployment Coordination Committee convened the two sides in the Red Sea port.

Saudi media cited Arab coalition's leadership as saying that Houthi group committed 29 violations in the last 24 hours, including mortar and RPG shells, thermo missiles, exclusive devices and sniper shots.

Houthi rebels also targeted civilians in Doraihimi, Attahaita, Hais, Jah, Fazah, Jabalia and Mojailees districts of Hodeida City, said the coalition spokesman General Turki al-Maliki.

On their part, Houthi Group accused Yemeni legitimate government forces of continually violating the ceasefire in several areas, coupled with persistent soaring of coalition aircraft and mortar shelling leaving one man and two women killed in Hais District, southwestern Hodeida City.

Sana'a-based Saba quoted Houthi security source as accusing Hadi forces of firing a guided missile on Bani Maghazi village, also in Hais, killing a civilian and his son, and of firing mortar shells on Azza'fran village in Doraihimi District.

Locals in Jah told Debriefer that sporadic skirmishes were heard late on Wednesday and lasted up till early Thursday, preceded by fierce clashes Wednesday morning in Attahaita District, to the south of the city.

Parties to the nearly 4-year war in Yemen, after 8 days of peace talks in Sweden, agreed to cease fire in Hodeida, to withdraw from the port city and ports of Salif and Ras Isa within 21 days from truce commencement.

Battles flared at the beginning of last November in and around the western port city of Hodeida, where Yemeni joint forces backed by the Saudi-led military coalition seek to take control of the strategic harbor from the Iran-backed Houthi group.

The Red Sea port city is the main entrance for 80% of humanitarian and food needs in Yemen.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iran-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.

The conflict has left tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.

Yemen is also facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with more than two thirds of the 28-million population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.

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