UN deminers in Yemen start clearing Hodeidah ports as Houthis withdraw

A team of UN deminers began clearing thousands of landmines and explosives planted by Houthis around the ports of Hodeidah on Monday, as the rebel withdrawal from the three Red Sea ports continues, according to the spokesman for the pro-government forces in Hodeidah.

“A UN team has already started clearing and dismantling a huge number of landmines and explosives,” Col Wathah Al Dubaish told The National. “Clearance operation will need more than two days to be finished due to the large number mines.”

The UN is overseeing the Houthi withdrawal from three critical Red Sea ports, through which 80 per cent of Yemen’s assistance is delivered. The withdrawal is a critical part of the Stockholm agreement, reached between Yemen’s government and the rebels, which aims to bring an end to a four-year conflict that has brought the country to the brink of famine.

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Source: The Nation