Yemen's Houthis violate Sweden agreement on ceasefire in Hodeidah: Arab Coalition

Yemeni pro-government forces on the eastern outskirts of Hodeidah as they continue to battle for the control of the city from the Iran-backed Houthi militia. (File photo/AFP)

JEDDAH: The Arab Coalition supporting the legitimate Yemeni government said on Friday that the Iranian-backed Houthi militia has violated the Sweden agreement on a ceasefire in the strategic port city of Hodeidah.
“The ceasefire has been breached 62 times in the past 72 hours,” the coalition said in a statement published on the state run Al-Ekhbariya TV.
It explained that the terrorist group has been using all types of weapons, including mortars, RPGs, Katyusha rockets and ballistic missiles in violation of the ceasefire agreement reached during UN-sponsored peace talks in Stockholm on Dec. 13.
The coalition also said that the Houthi ceasefire violations occurred in the Ad-Durayhimi, Al-Tuhayta, and Al-Hali districts, as well as other areas in Hodeidah.
Coalition spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that the rebels’ “violations began from the first minutes of the ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah,” noting that the Houthi militia has also violated previous agreements.
He also said that the coalition “supports the commitment of the Yemeni National Army to a ceasefire and the implementation of the terms of the Swedish agreement.”
However, he stressed that the international community is responsible for ensuring that the Houthis abide by the ceasefire deal.