The joint Yemeni forces loyal to the internationally recognized government announced today, Friday, that their withdrawal from the areas east and south of the city of Hodeidah, western Yemen, came in light of the redeployment plan specified in the Stockholm Agreement, which the government and the Ansar Allah group (Houthis) reached in late 2018.
Cairo – Sputnik. The joint forces said in a statement, published on the website of the “December 2” agency of the National Resistance operating within the strength of those forces stationed on the western coast of Yemen, that they “implemented the decision to evacuate the areas governed by the Sweden agreement, because those areas are governed by an international agreement that keeps them demilitarized and safe areas for civilians who He signed the Sweden agreement under the pretext of protecting and securing them.”
She added: “We see our religious and patriotic duty motivating us to defend fronts of other importance that the enemy may exploit.” [في إشارة إلى جماعة الحوثيين] When there are insufficient defenses, and the absence of an international agreement to deter Houthis from advancing, as happened with our forces in Hodeidah.”
Additional Statement joint forces The decision to evacuate areas in Hodeidah due to “developments taking place on the fronts of the whole country, which impose on every free person capable of providing support and aid by various means to the fronts of defense of Yemen and Yemenis in the face of Iran’s tools that are wreaking havoc in Al-Bayda and Al-Jawf, and the overthrow of three directorates from and through Shabwa governorate. Reaching the outskirts of the city of Ma’rib,” as she put it.
The joint forces said that they “saw the mistake of being trapped in defensive barricades, forbidden by war, by an international decision, while the various fronts require support in all forms, including opening other fronts that stop the Houthis on their own.”
She pointed out that “it did not give the green light to liberate the city of Hodeidah, and deprive it of achieving a strategic goal for Yemen and Arab national security,” adding: “This would have accelerated the end of the Houthi militia.”
The joint forces confirmed that they “have begun implementing their plan that defines defensive lines, secures the battle of the coast and keeps (Thama) ready for any developments that may occur on the fronts of fighting against the Houthis.”
And earlier today, a Yemeni military source told Sputnik that Houthi fighters had spread in the areas of the Al-Tuhayta district, including the city of Al-Tuhayta, the center of the district, and all areas of the Al-Durayhimi district, south of Hodeidah, and their advance to the Al-Hussainiya Junction and Al-Jah Al-Ala district in the Beit Al-Faqih district, southeast of Al-Hodeidah. , as well as to May 22 Hospital, and they opened the Sana’a-Hodeidah road, after their concentration in all locations of Kilo 16 area east of Hodeidah, after the joint forces suddenly left their locations and barracks.
The field progress of “Ansar Allah” comes in the wake of the group’s concentration in the Red Sea Mills Company and its surroundings and the Sana’a – Hodeidah road in Kilo 16, as well as the Thabet Brothers Industrial and Commercial Complex and sites east of the city of Hodeidah, following the withdrawal of the joint forces to the city of Khokha, south of Hodeidah Governorate, and the Mocha district west of Hodeidah. Taiz Governorate, southwest of Yemen.
During the round of peace negotiations hosted by the Swedish capital, Stockholm, in late December 2018, the Yemeni government and “Ansar Allah” group reached an agreement on Hodeidah, which included the joint redeployment of forces from the city of Hodeidah and its ports, Hodeidah, Saleef and Ras Issa, to agreed locations. Outside the city and ports, however, the agreement was not implemented due to differences between the two sides over its details.
It has been running since 2015. Battles between the Yemeni army, backed by an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia on the one hand, and the “Ansar Allah” group on the other, as the Yemeni government seeks to regain the lands that the group controlled, including the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014.
The battles have killed and wounded thousands of civilians, and millions are in need of urgent humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations.
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