Yemen’s warring sides agree on truce in key port city
December 14, 2018 -- Yemen’s warring sides have agreed to a ceasefire in the strategic port city of Hodeidah, marking a key breakthrough in a stalemated conflict that has killed thousands of people and left millions more in misery.
The agreement includes a withdrawal of combatants to outside the city limits within two weeks and was praised by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as “real progress” to alleviate Yemen’s suffering and show commitment to a political solution.
The truce, along with a mass prisoner exchange agreement reached earlier, were seen as important first steps toward further talks in January aimed at drawing down Yemen’s four-year-old civil war.
The cease-fire and pullback of forces eases fears that the battle for Hodeidah could force an outright closure of its port, which is the main entry point for food and other humanitarian aid for millions of Yemenis.