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Yemen Govt. Slams Houthi Attack against its Delegation in Hodeidah

Yemen Govt. Slams Houthi Attack against its Delegation in Hodeidah

Sunday, 24 November, 2019 - 07:00
Ships are seen at Hodeidah port. (Reuters)

The Yemen government condemned on Sunday the missile and drone attack against the headquarters of its team deployed to the southern province of Hodeidah to oversee the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.

In statements to Asharq Al-Awsat, it held United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths responsible for such ongoing violations by the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

It urged him to take a “clear and frank” stance away from “diplomatic rhetoric”, which it said was no longer acceptable.

The government delegation at the redeployment committee in Hodeidah had survived on Sunday an attack by five drones and three ballistic missiles against its headquarters in the province.

Head of the delegation Mohammed Aydha warned that such attacks threaten any hope for peace.

A Yemen government spokesman told Asharq Al-Awsat that the attack undermines the efforts of the UN envoy and international community to restore peace in the war-torn country.

The Foreign Ministry slammed the Houthi attack, saying it took place shortly after Griffiths briefed the UN Security Council on the positive signals in the implementation of the Hodeidah deal.

Griffiths said Friday that there has been a de-escalation in Yemen’s war in the past two weeks.

He also said there was a strengthened ceasefire in the key port of Hodeidah but expressed concern over increasing movement restrictions by the Houthi militias on the UN Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement.

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