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ADEN, Yemen, The head of the UN cease-fire monitoring team in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, officially submitted his resignation and is expected to leave his post in two weeks, a government official said, on Friday.

"The UN dispatched an official letter to the Yemeni government, informing that, Patrick Cammaert had resigned and will not continue in leading the cease-fire monitoring team in Hodeidah," the official, working at Yemen's Foreign Ministry said, on condition of anonymity.

"The government received the UN's letter, stating the intention to replace Cammaert with Danish Major General, Michael Anker Lollesgaard, in Feb," he added.

Reasons behind Cammaert's resignation are still unclear.

However, another government source said, "lack of understanding" between Cammaert and UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths over Houthi rebels, "resulted in this resignation."

"Cammaert preferred to take tougher approach in dealing with Houthis, who refused to honour the terms of the Stockholm agreement," the government source said.

Patrick Cammaert, a retired Dutch general, and his team arrived in war-torn Hodeidah last month to oversee the cease-fire deal reached between Yemen's government and Houthi rebels in Sweden last Dec.

However, the fragile cease-fire was breached multiple times by both sides despite presence of the UN cease-fire monitoring team.

Last week, gunfire targeted UN armoured vehicles carrying Cammaert and his team, causing no casualties.

The Iranian-backed Houthi militia blamed Cammaert for failing to achieve progress in implementing the Stockholm agreement.

"The lack of progress in Hodeidah, in terms of the implementation of the Stockholm agreement is mainly due to the head of the UN-led Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), who steered from the course of the agreement by implementing other agendas," Mohammed Abdul-Salam, a Houthi spokesman, said on Twitter.

The cease-fire deal signed between the two-warring rivals in Sweden demands full withdrawal of all armed groups from Hodeidah and its strategic seaports.

According to the deal, the UN will manage the port and supervise the re-deployment of neutral forces to prevent military escalation, while local forces will help maintain law and order in Hodeidah.


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