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Yemen: Ansarullah confirms pullout from three ports under truce

The Ansarullah movement has confirmed that its fighters will withdraw from Yemen’s three key ports, complaining about the Saudis’ refusal to implement a UN-brokered ceasefire.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said in Twitter post on Saturday that the withdrawal would begin at 10 a.m. local time (0700 GMT).

He said the Houthis’ intention to unilaterally redeploy from the ports of Hudaydah, Salif and Ras Isa was due to the Saudi-led coalition’s refusal to implement the truce agreement reached between Yemen’s warring sides in Stockholm, Sweden, last December.

Under the deal, representatives from the Ansarullah and the Riyadh-sponsored government of the ex-president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, agreed to the withdrawal of their troops from Hudaydah’s main port and two other nearby ports, as well as Hudaydah city, and the deployment of UN monitors.

The Ansarullah official stressed that he held the UN responsible for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen exacerbated by a blockade, the closure of the Sana’a airport and the disruption of salary payments.

In a statement released on Friday, the UN’s Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) said the Ansarullah would make an “initial unilateral redeployment” between May 11 and May 14 from the three Yemeni ports.

It added that the redeployment should allow the UN to take “a leading role in supporting the Red Sea Ports Corporation in managing the ports” and to enhance checks on cargoes.

The process, it emphasized, must be followed by “the committed, transparent and sustained actions of the parties to fully deliver on their obligations.”