SANAA, Yemen, A United Nations six-member team, to monitor a UN-brokered cease-fire in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, arrived on Saturday, in the rebel-held capital Sanaa.

The team is part of an advance monitoring group, led by retired Dutch General, Patrick Cammaert, who arrived earlier in the day, in the government-held Aden city, in the southern part of Yemen.

On Friday, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to adopt Security Council Resolution 2451, a Britain-led resolution to bolster the UN Yemen peace process.

The resolution authorises the UN to take on the monitoring and other tasks it has committed to doing, in Stockholm-based Yemen peace talks.

Cammaert and his team are set to head for Hodeidah on Sunday (today), to begin overseeing the withdrawal.

At midnight (2100 GMT) on Monday, the UN-sponsored cease-fire, covering Hodeidah and the ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa, entered into force, as the first confidence-rebuilding measures between the Houthi rebels and the coalition-backed government.

According to the UN-sponsored truce deal, the withdrawal from the three ports, and critical parts of the city associated with the humanitarian facilities, shall be the first phase and shall be completed within two weeks after the cease-fire enters into force.

The full mutual withdrawal of all forces from the city of Hodeidah and the three ports shall be completed within a maximum period of 21 days, after the cease-fire enters into force.

However, both rival forces have blamed each other for violations of the cease-fire.

According to a news agency, the rebels shelled al-Fazah quarter on Friday, forcing hundreds of families to flee their homes.

The shelling came, just a day after the rebels carried out missile attacks on two sites of government troops, in Dawar al-Matahin and Kilo 16 areas, east of the city, killing four soldiers and wounding 16 others.

Meanwhile, the Houthis also accused government troops of breaching the truce since it came into force. They said, the troops launched artillery attacks on al-Fazah for the second consecutive day.

Source: Voice of America

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