Coalition: Houthis prevented passage of aid vessel from Hodeidah to Sanaa

A ship carrying food aid docks at the port of the Yemeni coastal city of Hodeidah. (File photo: AFP)

The pro-Iranian Houthi militias prevented the passage of an international aid vessel from Hodeidah port to Sanaa, the Arab Coalition supporting the legitimate government of Yemen, said on Saturday.

Hodeidah port is considered the entry point for most of Yemen’s commercial goods and aid supplies, and a lifeline for millions of Yemenis.

The Arab Coalition also said on Saturday that 14 violations of the ceasefire deal have been registered against the Houthis in the past 24 hours.

In a related development, the delegation of the legitimate government submitted on Saturday a formal complaint to the United Nations on the announcement of handing over Hodeidah port.

Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert, the head of a United Nations advance team charged with monitoring the ceasefire, arrived in Hodeidah this week, according to Reuters.

Under the deal, international monitors are to be deployed in Hodeidah and a Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) including both sides, chaired by Cammaert, will oversee implementation. The committee started its meetings this week.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:58 - GMT 06:58