Agreement on Hodeidah Redeployment, Humanitarian Relief Corridors

Meetings for Yemen’s redeployment coordination committee in Hodeidah headed by General Michael Lollesgaard. Reuters
Meetings for Yemen’s redeployment coordination committee in Hodeidah headed by General Michael Lollesgaard. Reuters
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Agreement on Hodeidah Redeployment, Humanitarian Relief Corridors

Meetings for Yemen’s redeployment coordination committee in Hodeidah headed by General Michael Lollesgaard. Reuters
Meetings for Yemen’s redeployment coordination committee in Hodeidah headed by General Michael Lollesgaard. Reuters

Meetings for Yemen’s redeployment coordination committee in Hodeidah agreed on opening a corridor to reach UN food depots preserved at Red Sea silos.

The agreement came after the committee talks led by General Michael Lollesgaard, chair of RCC that includes the internationally-recognized government and Houthi militias.

The Yemeni government and Houthis have agreed on the first phase of a pullback of forces from the key city of Hodeidah. The redeployment from Hodeidah was a key provision of a ceasefire deal reached in December in Sweden, but deadlines to move forces away from the ports and parts of the city have been missed.

Following two days of talks in Hodeidah, the government and Houthis finalized a deal on the first phase of the pullback and also agreed in principle on the second phase, a UN statement said.

This partial breakthrough coincided with a surprise visit by UN envoy Martin Griffiths to Houthi-run Sanaa in an attempt to extract a final approval from leaders of the group for the partial redeployment.

The government team was the key driver behind the success of the agreement because of the flexibility it has shown, Brigadier Sadeq Dweid, a government representative in the RCC, told Asharq Al-Awsat.

He pointed out that the UN-brokered deal signed in Sweden last December is clear in its stipulations, yet Houthis have employed evasiveness and political intransigence with the aim of undermining the so-called Stockholm Agreement.

Dweid said that the agreement on the first phase of the pullback will be accompanied by demining and international monitoring.

Houthis had repeatedly rejected the UN plan proposed by Lollesgaard and sought to block a final agreement on the details of the second phase for redeployment.

In an effort to secure Houthi cooperation, Griffiths made a recent surprise visit to Sanaa. Official sources, speaking under the conditions of anonymity, said Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi had met Griffiths and “discussed with him the track of implementation of the Swedish agreement.”



Hamas’ Armed Wing Says Israeli Airstrike Killed Two Hostages in Rafah

12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
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Hamas’ Armed Wing Says Israeli Airstrike Killed Two Hostages in Rafah

12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)

Hamas' armed wing al-Qassam Brigades said on Friday that two Israeli hostages held in Gaza were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Rafah a few days ago.

The group, in a video posted on its Telegram channel, did not release the names of those said to have been killed or provide any evidence.

The Israeli government "does not want your hostages to return, except in coffins," the al-Qassam Brigades statement said.

Israel rescued four hostages held by Hamas in a hostage-freeing operation in central Gaza's al-Nuseirat on June 8. The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said more than 250 Palestinians were killed in the raid.

The war in Gaza erupted when Hamas fighters stormed southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel has responded with a military assault on the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 37,000 Palestinians, according to the Gaza health ministry. Israel says its campaign is intended to eliminate Hamas as a threat and free the remaining hostages.