Relative calm in Hodeida, after fiercest fighting since truce

Hodeida (Debriefer)
2019-02-02 | Since 1 Year


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The Red Sea port city of Hodeida witnessed de-escalated violence on Saturday, local source told Debriefer, after two-day battles seen as the fiercest since the Stockholm Agreement came into effect last December.

The pact was reached by the two warring parties - Yemeni government and Houthi rebels - in Sweden last December.

Since early Saturday, battles relatively calmed down following Thursday and Friday hostilities, at which two sides used different weapons and coalition launched several airstrikes on Houthi sites, said the source.

"Scores were killed or injured from both sides, as Saudi-backed government joint forces seeking to retake control of the rebel-held Hodeida City and its three strategic ports."

The Yemeni warring parties have traded blames for violating the Hodeida ceasefire and hindering redeployment, as agreed by both sides at the UN-sponsored talks hosted by Sweden.

Parties to the nearly 4-year war in Yemen, after 8 days of peace talks, reached on the 13th of last December an agreement providing for ceasefire in Hodeida and redeployment of both sides' forces and allowing for UN leading role in the port city.

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, pushing the country to 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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