Houthi militia free G Muse ship after holding it hostage for 62 days

Houthi militia free G Muse ship after holding it hostage for 62 days
The port of the Yemeni city of Hodeida can be seen in this file photo on June 24, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 07 July 2018

Houthi militia free G Muse ship after holding it hostage for 62 days

Houthi militia free G Muse ship after holding it hostage for 62 days

LONDON: The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi militia in Yemen announced on Saturday that the Houthis had freed the G Muse ship that it had been holding captive for the last 62 days at the port of Hodeidah.
The coalition added that there are currently four ships docked in the port of Hodeidah waiting to unload their cargo, while four others are waiting to enter the port.
The coalition also said that a ship is anchored in Salif port, while another is waiting to enter it.
The port of Hodeidah is Yemen’s main lifeline for the import of humanitarian aid, but it is also a conduit for smuggling weapons to the Iranian-backed Houthis, including components of missiles launched from northern Yemen and aimed at cities in Saudi Arabia.
UN envoy Martin Griffiths has been conducting shuttle diplomacy in search of a political solution that would avert an all-out military assault on the Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah by the coalition.
Griffiths is expected to hold a meeting with Yemen’s President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi on Monday.