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UN: Houthi withdrawal "in accordance with established plans"

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The (UN) on Sunday said that first full day of the withdrawal from three ports of went "in accordance with established plans"Earlier this week the Houthis had unilaterally decided to withdraw its forces from three key ports of Hodeidah, Salif, and Ras-Issa.

The long-delayed pull out of forces by the Houthis began on Saturday from the key port of Hodeidah, as well as the two smaller ports of Saleef and Ras Isa, reported Al Jazeera. This comes as a part of a ceasefire deal reached in in December.

Former Danish Michael Lollesgaard, of the (RCC), in a statement on Sunday, said: "All three ports were monitored simultaneously by UN teams as the military forces left the ports and the coastguard took over responsibility for security."

The move is seen as an important step towards ending the civil war, which started in 2014 after the Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa

According to the statement, activities in the coming day will keep its focus on "removal of military manifestations and "

Yemen's capital is currently held by the Iran-backed Houthis, who killed then-in December 2017.

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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 06:26 IST