UN envoy gets coalition deadline on Hodeidah

UN envoy gets coalition deadline on Hodeidah

Dr Anwar Gargash asked the international community to press Houthis to evacuate Hodeida port.



By Agencies

Published: Wed 13 Jun 2018, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 13 Jun 2018, 5:57 PM

The UAE said an ultimatum for the United Nations to convince the Iran-aligned Houthi movement to evacuate Yemen's main port of Hodeidah expired on Tuesday night.
"We gave UN special envoy Martin Griffiths 48 hours to convince the Houthis to withdraw from the port and city of Hodeidah," UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash told France's Le Figaro newspaper. "We are awaiting his response. These 48 hours expire during the night of Tuesday."
Dr Anwar Gargash asked the international community to press Houthis to evacuate Hodeida port. In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the UAE minister reiterated the UAE's commitment to accelerate the flow of humanitarian aid to all Yemenis. Alleging the Houthis are showing a cruel disregard to Yemeni lives, he said: "The Houthis cannot hold on to Hodeida port to divert flow of international humanitarian aid for financing their war. Their assault on Yemeni people has continued for too long."
Meanwhile, the Arab Coalition Forces have destroyed a ballistic missile base belonging to the Houthi militias on the outskirts of the Al Garahi district.


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