Houthi rebels announce end of first-stage of Yemen's Hodeidah redeployment

Yemen warring parties hold fresh talks as Houthis withdraw from Hodeidah

Yemen warring parties hold fresh talks as Houthis withdraw from Hodeidah

The redeployment of forces from the key port of Hodeida, as well as the two smaller ports of Salif and Ras Issa, is seen as an important first step toward ending the civil war in Yemen, which has killed thousands of civilians, plunged the Arab world's poorest country into the world's worst humanitarian crisis, and pushed it to the brink of starvation.

Yemen's warring parties started talks on Tuesday in Jordanian capital of Amman to discuss the issue of Hodeidah ports under the Stockholm Agreement.

The UN-sponsored face-to-face talks were held in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on Monday, Reuters reported, adding that the two sides were mainly to discuss the mechanisms of sharing out the future ravenous earned from the three flash-point ports of Salif, Ras Isa and Hudaydah, which have been under a tight siege by forces of former government, led by ex-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, since June a year ago.

The agreement a year ago in Sweden was hailed as a breakthrough that offered the best chance so far of ending the war in Yemen, where a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is fighting on the government's side.

But the government has accused the insurgents of merely handing over the ports to their own forces in different uniforms.

Most of Yemen's public workers have gone unpaid for months as the country's finances and economy collapsed in the war, which has dragged on for at least four years.

Its head, General Michael Lollesgaard, welcomed the handover "of the security of the ports to the coastguard", according to a United Nations statement.

The information minister of Yemen's internationally recognized government, Moammer al-Iryani, warned of "attempts by the (Houthi) Militia to mislead" the U.N. Security Council before an expected meeting next week.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands people, many of them civilians, relief agencies say.

"Now, the withdrawal is not unilateral anymore", Dbish said, adding that it became part of the first phase of the redeployment plan in Hodeidah and its three ports.

By relocating the central bank, all Yemen's ravenous were funneled into the so-called central bank in Aden, creating further deterioration in the humanitarian situation in Sana'a and other Houthi-run cities and towns.

In the second phase of the redeployment, both sides would pull troops 18 kilometers outside Hudaydah and heavy weapons 30 kilometers away.

If the redeployment is confirmed, it could provide a boost to United Nations efforts to end the war in Yemen.

The military coalition led by Riyadh intervened in March 2015 when President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi fled into exile in Saudi Arabia after the rebels captured swathes of the country.

The aggression is estimated to have left 56,000 Yemenis dead.

UNICEF/Taha Almahbashi A girl from Hudaydah, Yemen, suffers from severe malnutrition and complications of fever and diarrhea.

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