Yemen’s army advances in Maran Mountains towards central areas in Hajjah

A senior military official confirmed the army’s progress towards the Houthi militia stronghold. (File/AFP)
Updated 19 September 2018
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Yemen’s army advances in Maran Mountains towards central areas in Hajjah

  • A senior military official confirmed the army’s progress towards the Houthi militia stronghold
  • Over 1300 Houthi militant were killed in the past 10 days

DUBAI: Yemeni Army Forces advanced through the Maran Mountains towards central areas of Al-Jamaymah in the northwestern Hajjah province following fierce clashes with the Houthi militia, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

A senior military official confirmed the army’s progress towards the Houthi militia stronghold, while also confirming over 1300 militant deaths in the past 10 days.

Earlier this week, several Houthi militants were killed and wounded in clashes with the Yemeni army in the central Al-Baydah province.

In a statement issued by the Yemeni Armed Forces website, a field source said that 7 members of the army were wounded, while several Houthis were killed.


Ports deal is chance for Yemen peace talks, says UN envoy

Updated 21 February 2019
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Ports deal is chance for Yemen peace talks, says UN envoy

  • Forces will initially be withdrawn from the smaller ports of Salif and Ras Issa
  • The second phase a withdrawal of 18 to 30 kilometers, depending on the location and fighters

NEW YORK: The expected pullout of forces from three key ports in Yemen provides an opportunity to move to the major goal of ending the four-year conflict that has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the UN envoy for the war-battered country said on Tuesday.

Martin Griffiths told the UN Security Council that Yemen’s government and Houthi militias demonstrated that they are able to deliver on commitments they made in December in Stockholm by agreeing on the first phase of redeployment from the ports.

He said forces will initially be withdrawn from the smaller ports of Salif and Ras Issa, beginning “possibly” on Tuesday or Wednesday. This will be followed by a pullout from the major port of Hodeidah and critical parts of the city that will allow access to the Red Sea Mills, a major UN storage facility holding enough grain to feed 3.7 million people for a month, he said.

Griffiths called on the parties to fully implement the first phase and to agree on details of the second phase of the redeployment of forces, “which we hope will lead to the demilitarization” of Hodeidah, whose port handles about 70 percent of Yemen’s commercial and humanitarian imports.

A UN official said the first phase involves pulling back several kilometers, and the second phase a withdrawal of 18 to 30 kilometers, depending on the location and fighters. In some places in Hodeidah city, the opposing forces are facing each other about 100 meters apart, the official said.

The UN is appealing for more than $4 billion to assist 15 million Yemenis this year and UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock implored donors to pledge generously at a conference next week in Geneva.