SANAA – Fighting broke out on Saturday in the Yemeni port city of Hodeida (west coast) between government forces and the Ansarullah (Houthis) movement, just hours before UN envoy Martin Griffiths visits Sana'a .
Clashes erupted near the University of Hodeida and the southern district of Rabassa despite the ceasefire concluded last month in Sweden under UN auspices.
Each of the warring parties accused the other of violating the truce and thereby undermining the peace process. Griffiths was expected in the day in Sana'a, the capital held by Ansarullah's forces, to try to consolidate the cease-fire, the UN said earlier.
The Houthis, who seized Sanaa and part of the country in late 2014 by chasing President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, announced last week the start of the withdrawal of their troops from Hodeida as part of " the implementation of the first phase of the redeployment "provided for in the agreement.
As part of this, the belligerents must withdraw from the ports of Hodeïda, Salif and Ras Issa within 21 days and all areas of Hodeïda allowing the delivery of humanitarian aid within 15 days .
The UN has stated that "any redeployment will only be credible if all parties and the United Nations are able to observe it and verify that it is in accordance with the agreement" reached in Rimbo, North of Stockholm.