Houthis accused of violating truce

 

Houthis accused of violating truce
Yaarub Eissa holds on to his wheelchair as he rides pillion on a motorcycle in Abs, in the northern province of Hajjah, Yemen.

Riyadh - The news comes as reports surface that the UN is looking to replace the head of a monitoring mission to Hodeida.

By AFP

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Published: Thu 24 Jan 2019, 9:41 PM

Last updated: Thu 24 Jan 2019, 11:55 PM

Yemen's government accused rival rebels on Thursday of failing to abide by a truce reached between the warring parties at UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden last month.
"The legitimate government remains committed to the Sweden accords," state-run Saba news agency quoted Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi as saying.
Hadi accused Houthi rebels of failing to respect an agreement on the flashpoint port city of Hodeida, controlled by the insurgents since 2014, Saba said.
The news comes as reports surface that the UN is looking to replace the head of a monitoring mission to Hodeida, a lifeline to millions of Yemenis dependent on its imports to survive.
The United Nations' Yemen envoy, Martin Griffiths, met with Hadi in Riyadh on Thursday, after holding talks with rebels in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
Also at the Riyadh meeting was retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert, who heads a monitoring team tasked with overseeing the Hodeida truce.
Diplomatic sources said the UN was looking to replace Cammaert. "In due time, he will leave. He is in this position until a successor is found," one of the sources said.
The Houthis have accused Cammaert of not being up to the task and of pursuing "other agendas".
Cammaert and members of the UN monitoring team came under fire in Hodeida last week but were unharmed. The United Nations did not identify who was behind the shooting.


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