UN Mission In Yemen’s Hodeidah Builds Control Points To Monitor Cease-Fire

SANAA, A UN cease-fire monitoring mission, in Yemen's Hodeidah, to establish control points, to monitor a truce between Yemeni warring parties, a security source in the city, said.

The temporary control points would be set up on four front lines in the east and south of the city, to prevent escalation between government forces and the Houthi rebels, the source said.

The control points would be manned by liaison officers from both warring parties, in accordance with a UN-sponsored cease-fire agreement, reached in Stockholm in Dec, 2018.

Abhijit Guha, the newly-appointed head of the UN monitoring mission, who arrived in Hodeidah last week, oversees the progress.

Hodeidah is the main Yemeni port city on the Red Sea and key lifeline entry for most of Yemen's commercial imports and humanitarian aid.

The grinding war of more than four years has pushed over 20 million people to the verge of starvation.

The Houthi rebels control much of Hodeidah, while the Saudi-backed government troops, have advanced to the southeastern districts.

The cease-fire deal was seen as the first phase towards achieving a comprehensive political solution, to end the civil war.

Source: Nam News Network