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UN convenes warring sides in Yemen’s Hodeidah

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A UN-led truce monitoring team including members of Yemen’s warring sides held its first meeting in the flashpoint city of Hodeidah on Wednesday, a pro-government official said.

The official, who requested anonymity, told AFP: “We are expecting a good outcome.”

The ceasefire in the Houthi-held city, whose Red Sea port is vital for millions at risk of starvation, is part of a peace push seen as the best chance yet of ending four years of conflict.

Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert is heading the joint committee including Saudi-backed government officials and Iran-aligned Houthi militias to oversee the truce.

Loyalist members of the committee were transported to the meeting from east of the city in UN vehicles, a Yemeni government official told AFP on condition anonymity.