Published: Tue, December 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rebels hail Yemen ceasefire accord a success, despite skirmishes

Rebels hail Yemen ceasefire accord a success, despite skirmishes

The talks ended shortly before the Senate dealt the administration a symbolic rebuke by voting to recommend an end to United States support for the Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the Iran-backed Yemeni rebels.

The hostilities follow Thursday's agreement at United Nations -sponsored talks in Sweden on a cease-fire in Hodeida, through which about 70 percent of food aid and other imports come.

In a statement by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the kingdom backed "the agreements reached in Sweden in UN-sponsored talks between a delegation of Yemen's legitimate government and the Houthi rebels", the official SPA news agency reported.

An official in the Saudi-led coalition confirmed the timing to AFP, adding that details on implementing the truce deal "were not clear at the beginning".

The sides agreed on a governorate-wide ceasefire and withdrawal of forces in Al Hodeidah, the establishment of a UN-chaired committee to monitor the process, a prisoner exchange, and humanitarian corridors to the city of Taiz.

This comes despite warnings from the worldwide community and aid agencies that the war in Yemen has left more than 14 million people on the brink of starvation.

On Sunday afternoon, UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths issued a plea to both to "respect their obligations as per the text and the spirit of the Stockholm Agreement" and "engage in the immediate representation of its provisions".

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The two sides agreed to meet again in late January, for more talks to define the framework for negotiations on a comprehensive peace settlement.

Severe food shortages mean that a high number of Yemenis have been dying in "very dramatic circumstances", Guterres told a news conference in Doha.

At least 10,000 people have already died in the four-year conflict, the World Health Organization says.

Human rights groups say the death toll could be 5 times as high.

Under the truce, "the existing local authorities" in Houthi-held Hodeida "will be officially in charge of controlling the city and establishing security there under the supervision of the U.N.", Abdulsalam reportedly declared.

Diplomats said Guterres may propose a surveillance mechanism comprising 30 to 40 observers.

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