UN source: Truce in Yemen’s Hodeidah starts Tuesday

The UN-brokered agreement to halt hostilities in Yemen’s Hodeidah and its surroundings starts on Tuesday, a United Nations official told AFP on Monday after renewed clashes in the flashpoint city.

When asked if the ceasefire in Hodeidah province starts midnight Monday, the UN official, who requested anonymity, said: “it is true”.

The announcement of the ceasefire date follows Yemen’s warring sides clinching a deal in Sweden on Thursday, under which an “immediate ceasefire” was to be implemented in Hodeidah.

The UN source said the delay until 2100 GMT on Monday was necessary for “operational reasons”.

Yemen’s Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani, who led the government’s delegation to the peace talks, told state-run television late Sunday that the ceasefire takes effect at midnight Monday.

Residents in Hodeidah and the surrounding areas have reported fierce fighting and air strikes in recent days, as clashes continued with the Houthi militias.

At least 22 Houthi militiamen, were killed on Saturday night in Hodeidah province, a pro-government military source told AFP.

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