Houthi's Army spokesperson accuses coalition of "unprecedented escalation" in Hodeida

Sanaa (Debriefer)
2019-01-31 | Since 3 Week

Brigadier General Yehya Sarea, spokesperson for  Houthi forces

The army spokesperson of Houthis (Ansar Allah), Brigadier Yehya Sarea, accused the Saudi-led Arab coalition to support the legitimacy in Yemen, an unprecedented escalation by launching on Wednesday, 15 airraid on the province of Hodeida, which is supposed to enter into a cease-fire in accordance with the Stockholm agreement between the two sides of the conflict.

According to the Houthi-run (Saba) news agency, Brigadier Sarea said that the coalition warplane launches nine airstrikes on the area of ​​Almarabit east of the al-Jarrahi district, and air raid on al-Salif area, and another on al-Kadin area and four on al-Maashor area of al-Sokhna district, West of Yemen (220 kilometers west of Sanaa).

The official army spokesperson for the Houthis said that the joint Yemeni forces supported by the coalition continue their intensigied violations in Hodeida, despite the commitment of the Houthis to exercise restraint and not to respond to those violations.

He considered that "the violations of aggression and its mercenaries in Hodeida, insofar as it is a flagrant defiance of the UN resolutions, it is capable of blowing up the Swedish agreement and foiling the international efforts to stop the aggression and bring peace to Yemen."

He accused the Yemeni joint forces and the Alliance of "full responsibility for these violations and dangerous escalation.".

Parties to the nearly 4-year war in Yemen, after 8 days of peace talks in Sweden, agreed on 13 December to cease fire in Hodeida and redeploy their forces from the port city and ports of Hodeida, Salif and Ras Isa.

But the UN-brokered Stockholm Agreement is facing many challenges and difficulties to implement on ground, leading the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution deploying a mission led by Cammaert to monitor the truce.

Under Stockholm pact, both parties had to withdraw their troops by the 7th of this January, under supervision of committee consisting of UN monitors and representatives from both warring sides.

Hodeida, where fierce battles waged by Arab coalition-backed legitimate government last July, is under Houthi control since late 2014.


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