Retired Dutch Major General Patrick Cammaert, head of a UN mission monitoring a ceasefire in Yemen’s Hodeidah, has reportedly expressed his resentment towards the Houthi militia redeployment in the port city on Saturday.
Diplomatic sources close to the UN envoy to Yemen said that Cammaert considered the Houthi actions a “unilateral, unacceptable operation.”
The sources added: “Cammaert was in Hodeidah Port on Saturday morning to oversee the first convoy of humanitarian aid scheduled to leave the port to Sanaa through a humanitarian corridor. But the militias blocked the opening of the road and fired at the demining and bulldozing teams of the Yemeni National Army. ”
The sources said that Cammaert was “surprised” to see the militias in their hundreds, wearing Coast Guard uniforms and claiming they have redeployed in the port.
The Yemeni government has accused the Houthi militias of trying to derail the Stockholm agreement to withdraw from the port, also accusing the militia of obstructing the efforts of the UN team to secure a humanitarian corridor.