Houthi rebels renewed attacks Tuesday on the headquarters of the government team overseeing the implementation of a troop pullback agreement from the key port city of Hodeidah.
This coincided with a visit to Old Sana’a conducted by Lt Gen Michael Lollesgaard, who heads the UN observer team in Hodeidah.
One person was injured after five rockets were fired at the Hodeidah offices of the government representatives in the Redeployment and Coordination Committee, the National reported quoting spokesperson for the pro-government joint forces in Hodeidah Col Wathah Al Dubaish said.
The new escalation comes a week after a series of tripartite meetings between Houthis, government representatives and UN observers aboard a UN ship off the coast of Hodeidah. During the talks the warring parties agreed on operational details of the planned withdrawal as laid out by the Stockholm agreement.
But Houthi rebels have continued attacks around Hodeidah, Col Al Dubaish said.
“The Houthi militia has been continuing its attempts to take control of sites controlled by the joint forces in swathes across the east of Hodeidah and in the southern districts of Hays and Al Tuhaiyta,” he said.
He added that the attacks pose a grave threat to the outcome of the last round of UN-sponsored talks, he added.