RIMBO (Sweden) – The United Nations, at the initiative of peace consultations on Yemen in Sweden, proposes the abandonment by the Ansarullah (Houthis) movement of the strategic port of Hodeida as part of a cease-fire, to place it under joint control of the government and the movement, with the supervision of the United Nations.
UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths of Britain proposes that the Saudi-led pro-government military coalition cease military operations against the western city of al-Hodeida in exchange for a withdrawal of troops from the country. Ansarullah (Houthis) movement in the port city, media reports quoted a document as being submitted to the belligerents.
The city of al-Hodeida, through which most of the humanitarian aid to Yemen enters, would then be placed under the dual tutelage of the government and the rebels, with the supervision of the United Nations. The proposal does not provide for the deployment of a peacekeeping mission. "The proposal of the special envoy is under consideration.The answer will come soon, God willing," said a member of the government delegation, Hadi Haig, quoted by AFP.
However, according to an Ansarullah delegate, Salim al-Moughaless, Houthi troops could only consider abandoning Hodeida as part of a comprehensive political solution to the conflict that has hit the country since 2014, stating that "the discussion is long and ongoing, "he added.
The humanitarian situation has recently deteriorated due to insecurity in this port city on the Red Sea through which 70% of Yemeni imports pass, according to the World Food Program (WFP). Progovernment forces have been trying to retake al-Hodeida for months in the Ansarullah movement, and demand its full withdrawal from the