The Houthi rebels in Yemen have begun a prolonged withdrawal of their forces from Hodeidah's main ports, the group said in a United Nations-sponsored peace agreement with the aim of ending the country's four-year civil war.
Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, chief of the Houthis Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said the retreat from the Hodeidah and the ports Saleef and Ras Issa began at 10 am local time (07:00 GMT). on Saturday .
Houthi-led Al Masirah reported that United Nations observers oversaw the expected four-day troop redeployment.
Reuters reported citing a witness that UN teams were overseeing the Houthis. Departure from Saleef and Ras Issa.
Reuters witness said the Yemeni Coast Guard had taken command of the Saleef operations after a dozen Houthi-huntered trucks, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and rocket-propelled machine guns left the harbor ,
However, a high-ranking government official accused the Houthis of feigning a withdrawal.
"The Houthis are doing a new trick by transferring the ports of Hodeidah Saleef and facing Ras Issa himself, without the UN and government monitoring it," said Provincial Governor Al-Hasan Taher told AFP.
Moammar al-Eryani, Internationally Recognized Information Minister of Yemen The government also dismissed the rescheduling, claiming it was an attempt "to misinform the international community."
"What happened today is a flamboyant show, a group of [Houthi] militiamen left [the city] and they were replaced by other Coast Guard police uniforms," al-Eryani told Reuters. 1
The first phase is expected to pull the Houthis five kilometers back from the three ports, while pro-government forces backed by a coalition led by the Saudi Arab Emirates and four kilometers from the Hodeidah port on the outskirts of the city are stationed remotely, to withdraw a kilometer.
Brigadier General Mohammed al-Qaderi, the Houthi representative on a joint coordination team, said the group had implemented "all the commitments" of the first phase and called on the United Nations to engage the pro-government forces To do so too, the AFP reported.
British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt welcomed the Houthi train.
"We seem to be getting closer to implementing the mutual redistribution of the armed forces – an important step towards ending this brutal war," he said in a tweet.
Encouraging signs of the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with reports that Houthi (under UN supervision) is leaving the Yemeni ports of Hodeidah, Saleef and Ras Issa. This is crucial in full. pic.twitter.com/QEI1AdaW73
– Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) May 11, 2019
A second withdrawal phase is planned in which both sides will pull off their troops 18 miles outside of Hodeidah and heavy Weapons 30 km away.
Kurt Tjossem, Regional Director of the International Rescue Committee for Horn and East Africa, said in a statement that it was crucial that both phases of the shift were "verified" and "followed by sustained engagement by all parties" fulfilled their obligations in Stockholm , "
Following the Houthis' withdrawal, the UN mission announced" to play a leading role in assisting the Red Sea Ports Corporation in the management of ports "and to improve cargo controls.
Humanitarian personnel have long been in contact with the warring factions of Yemen in order to protect the Hodeidah, which is the entry point for the most of them serve Yemen's commercial imports and a lifeline to essential supplies.
However, the peace agreement stalled in January when tens of thousands of people were killed in a conflict and millions of people were marginalized The famine plagued the economic collapse of the poorest nation in the Arab world.
The coalition claimed the Houthis had the Hodeidah used as a landing place to smuggle weapons supplied by Iran into Yemen, which the group and Tehran have repeatedly denied lack of trust between the two sides constituted a "big problem" for efforts to end the war.
"Words are very good, but to develop some confidence that could possibly pave the way to resolving this conflict will be to really do something, "Cafiero told Al Jazeera.
The conflict in Yemen in which an estimated 28 million people live, began with the takeover of the capital, Sanaa, by the Houthis in 2014, the fall of the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi (19459005). (19459005). (19659004). (19459004) Concerned about the Rise of the Rebel Group (19659030) Presumably Supported by Iran The military coalition led by the United Arab Emirates launched an intervention in 2015 in the form of a massive air campaign aimed at reinstating the Hadi government aimed.
The Houthis control the largest urban centers, while Hadi's administration owns the southern port of Aden and a number of coastal cities.