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Hope of Hodeida Ceasefire Wanes as Saudis Talks Peace but Bolster Military Presence

makeAhistory.comHOEIDA, YEMEN — Representatives from Yemen’s Houthis and the Saudi-led Coalition have agreed on Phase 1 of a mutual redeployment of forces under a UN-sponsored deal that would see both sides leave Yemen’s port city of Hodeida after months of failed attempts to implement previous agreements in the Red Sea city. The UN spokesman’s office said in a statement Monday that, “the parties reached an agreement on Phase 1 of the mutual redeployment of forces” after two days of talks in Hodeida, “after lengthy but constructive discussions facilitated by the RCC Chair, the parties reached an agreement on Phase 1 of the mutual redeployment of forces.” According to the UN, no date has yet been set for the process of Hodeida’s demilitarization to begin. “The parties also agreed, in principle, on Phase 2 of the mutual redeployment, pending additional consultations within their respective leadership.” Under “Phase 1” of the withdrawal plan, the Houthis would withdraw from the ports of Hodeida, Saleef and Ras Isa. Saudi-led coalition forces would then retreat from the eastern outskirts of Hodeida, the main entry point for most of Yemen’s commercial and aid imports. Saleef and Ras Isa are crucial ports

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