The first response from “legitimacy” to the withdrawal of the joint forces from Hodeidah and the Houthi militia’s control over it


Today, Saturday, the legitimate Yemeni government issued a statement regarding the sudden withdrawal of the joint forces from a number of areas in Hodeidah Governorate, and the Houthi militias’ control over them.

A statement by the government team of the Coordination Committee for the Redeployment under the Stockholm Agreement in Hodeidah, published by the official Yemeni news agency “Saba”, said, “What is currently happening on the western coast of the redeployment of forces is taking place without our knowledge and without any prior coordination with us.”

The statement explained that “the redeployment measures are supposed to be carried out in coordination and understanding with the United Nations Mission in Hodeidah through the government team, which was also not in the picture.”

He pointed out that “any progress by the Houthis in the areas of legitimate control in Hodeidah under any circumstance is a clear violation of the spirit and provisions of the Stockholm Agreement, which calls for a clear and explicit position from the international community towards it.”

Yesterday, Friday, the Houthi militia took control of large areas in Al-Hodeidah Governorate, after a sudden withdrawal of the joint forces, without knowing its reasons. However, a statement by some of its factions justified the move as a repositioning within the Stockholm Agreement, while the United Nations denied its connection to these moves.

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