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SANAA, Yemen, Head of a UN team, monitoring the UN-backed cease-fire in Hodeidah, arrived in the rebel-held capital Sanaa, Saturday, to resume his mission.

Patrick Cammaert, a retired Dutch general, leads a joint committee from both Yemeni rival forces, namely the Saudi-backed government and the Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, oversee the implementation of the cease-fire, in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.

Cammaert returned to Yemen after a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia, where he was accompanied by the United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to meet Yemeni government officials in Riyadh, including President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Under the peace deal, the withdrawal from the ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa, as well as, critical parts of the city associated with humanitarian facilities, should be completed within two weeks after the cease-fire enters into force, while the full withdrawal should be completed within a maximum period of 21 days.

It came as the first confidence-rebuilding measure agreed by the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government in the Stockholm-based peace talks last month.

The cease-fire deal went into force on Dec 18 last year. However, both rival forces have blamed each other for violating the deal and have not fulfilled the withdrawal of forces.

The UN has said, the discussions have been stalled because of different interpretations of the Stockholm Agreement, over who would control key points of Hodeidah during a partial cease-fire.

Last week, the convoy of Cammaert came under attack in Hodeidah and both Yemeni rival forces traded accusations of attacking the UN convoy.


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