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A man walks past a ship at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

Following continuous defeats, Houthi militias offer handing over Hodeidah port

Houthi militia leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi hinted once again that they are ready to hand over the Hodeidah port to the United Nations, if the Arab Coalition backing the Yemeni legitimate forces halts its military operations.

This development comes in the wake of the Houthis’ continuous defeats in the governorate of Hodeidah.

French magazine Le Figaro- quoting a diplomatic source close to the negotiations between the Houthis and UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths- reported that the leader of the militias renewed an offer to withdraw from Hodeidah port and hand over its management to the United Nations in exchange for the cessation of military operations by the Yemeni army backed by the Arab Coalition on the city.

He added that the Houthis have also accused France of supporting the Yemeni army and the coalition by selling them weapons.

Meanwhile the Yemeni legitimate army achieved many victories on many fronts like Taiz, Hajjah and Saada, while military preparations are underway for a field and aerial landing to liberate the whole city of Hodeidah very soon.

Earlier, the Houthis had refused a UN proposal to withdraw from the city of Hodeidah and its port and to hand over management to the UN.

The Houthis have instead proposed that Hodeidah and its port be under joint management with the UN.

The Security Council reiterated its call for Hodeidah and the port of Saleef “to be kept open and operating safely given the continuing risk to the grave humanitarian situation.”


Source : alarabiya