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Lollesgaard Says Houthis Did Not Fully Withdraw from Hodeidah’s Ports

Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard, who heads a U.N. mission to monitor implementation of redeployment of troops in the flashpoint port city of Hodeidah, said that armed manifestations remain notable in Hodeidah’s ports.

This contradicts with what the UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said when he described the unilateral pullout that was carried out by Houthis as a “positive move”.

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Houthis have to eliminate all armed manifestations including trenches the rebels dug lately as part of implementing the redeployment plant to which the warring parties agreed in Sweden in December 2008, spokesman for the UN Farhan Haq said, citing Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard.

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He added that the Redeployment Coordination Committee will make sure of the agreed number of Coast Guard, which replaced Houthi fighters, confirming that armed manifestations no longer exist in Salif and Ras Issa, but remain present in the key port of Hodeidah.

Last month, The UN Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) had confirmed that the rebels had begun an initial unilateral withdrawal from parts of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa, to which Yemen government objected.

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