UN convenes warring sides in Yemen’s Hodeidah

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DUBAI: A UN-led truce monitoring team including members of Yemen’s warring sides held its first meeting in the flashpoint city of Hodeidah on Wednesday.

“We are expecting a good outcome,” said the official, who requested anonymity.

The ceasefire in the militia-held city, whose Red Sea port is vital for millions at risk of starvation, is part of a peace push seen as the best chance yet of ending four years of devastating conflict.

Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert is heading the joint committee including Saudi-backed government officials and Iran-aligned Huthi militia to oversee the truce.

Loyalist members of the committee were transported to the meeting from east of the city in UN vehicles.

The war between the Huthi militia and troops loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi escalated in 2015, when he fled into Saudi exile and the Saudi-led military coalition intervened.

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