On Sunday, the United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths has urged Yemen’s warring parties to respect ceasefire withhold struck at peace talks in Sweden after deadly clashes broke out in the port city of Hodeida.
Mr. Griffiths tweeted: “The special envoy expects the two parties to respect their obligations as per the text and spirit of the Stockholm Agreement and to engage in the immediate implementation of its provisions.”
He continued that the UN was working with Yemen’s Itan-aligned Huthi rebels and Saudi-backed government to ensure that the accord on Hodeida may reach in Sweden by Thursday were “implemented timely and properly.”
On Saturday night, fierce clashes and air strikes shook the outskirts of Yemen’s rebel-held Hodeida, reports pro-government sources and residents, irrespective the UN-brokered ceasefire.
More than 29 fighters, including 22 Huthi rebels were shot dead in Hodeida province, reports a pro-government military source.
Mr. Griffiths continued that several rebels were captured during the attack on Al-Durayhimi, which is located 20 km away from south of Hodeida city.
The Truce deal in Hodeida has asked to be followed by the withdrawal within days of fighters on both the sides.
The clashes accord has been seen as the most important step towards ending the destructive conflict, which has raged since 2015 in Yemen.