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Saudi, UAE, Yemen: 970 Houthi Violations of Ceasefire Deal

Saudi, UAE, Yemen: 970 Houthi Violations of Ceasefire Deal

Saturday, 2 February, 2019 - 07:30
UN Security Council. AFP file photo
New York - Ali Barada
The governments of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have sent a letter to the UN Security Council accusing the Houthi militias of violating the ceasefire in the port city of Hodeidah 970 times since it came into force on December 18.

In the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat, the three governments said they remain committed to the agreement struck between Yemen’s legitimacy and the insurgents in Stockholm, Sweden to achieve a peaceful solution to the country’s conflict.

But they expressed alarm at the Houthis' refusal to redeploy forces and allow a free flow of humanitarian aid, as called for in the signed deal.

They asked the Council to "impress upon the Houthis, and their Iranian backers, that they will be held responsible if their continued failure to comply... leads to the collapse of the Stockholm agreement.”

The letter lists 970 Houthi violations between Dec. 18 and Jan. 29 that killed 71 people and wounded 534.

Meanwhile, Council members began deliberating on Thursday on a UK-drafted resolution to provide additional assistance to UN envoy Martin Griffiths and international monitors in Hodeidah.

The Council met behind closed doors to hear a report from Griffiths who has wrapped up a new round of shuttle diplomacy.

A Western diplomat told Asharq Al-Awsat that discussions focused on the situation in Hodeidah.

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, talked about an improvement in the humanitarian situation despite the appearance of some cases of measles.

The session came as UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Council members to discuss problems in implementing the Stockholm deal.

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