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Houthi rebels begin withdrawing from Yemen ports

IANS  |  Sana'a 

Yemen's Houthi rebels on Saturday began a unilateral withdrawal from two strategic ports on the in the country under a UN-sponsored agreement with the government.

television, which is controlled by the Houthis, has announced that the withdrawal began in Saleef and Ras Isa ports, under the supervision of two UN teams, news reported.

The Houthi leadership also said that the rebel militia have handed over control of the two seaports to the

He said that "Houthi fighters without uniforms left on several pick-up trucks after personnel were deployed in the two ports".

is used to obtain foodgrains while Ras Isa is used for the import of fuel, and both are located in the province of where a ceasefire has been in force since December 2018.

The ceasefire agreement was brokered by the UN between the and President

The retreat is being supervised by a joint UN team led by

Lollesgaard said in a statement that the withdrawal is considered a first real step that must be accompanied with commitment, transparency and continued actions from both sides.

He also stressed that the implementation of the agreement is essential to ensure access to humanitarian aid for millions of Yemenis as the ports are the main conduit for delivering basic goods and international aid to the Arab country.



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First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 20:38 IST