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Sun May 12, 2019, 01:24 PM

Yemen inches towards peace as Houthi forces pull out of key ports

The first day of a withdrawal of forces by Yemen’s Houthi movement from three of the country’s Red Sea ports went “in accordance with established plans”, the head of a UN mission to monitor the deal said on Sunday.

“All three ports were monitored simultaneously by United Nations teams as the military forces left the ports and the Coast Guard took over responsibility for security,” Lt Gen Michael Lollesgaard, head of the UN Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), said in a statement.

Yemen’s government has asked the UN to give timeframes for the next steps of the peace deal, after Houthi forces began withdrawing in the most significant advance yet for efforts to end the four-year war and relieve civilians of poverty and hunger.

In line with an accord in Sweden last year, the Iran-backed Houthi movement began on Saturday a unilateral pullout from the three Red Sea ports used for grain, oil, commerce and aid.


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