Posted on December 14, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Diplomats representing the Houthi Rebels and a Saudi-led delegation representing the Yemeni government coalition have agreed on a ceasefire in the port city of Hodeidah.
Hodeidah is a Red Sea port city, that handles the majority of Yemen’s food supply and acts as a central hub for over 70% of the nation’s imports.
Violent fighting in the area however, has destroyed local infrastructure and further complicated any attempts to provide food for Yemen’s starving population.
Under the new agreement, Houthi forces and Saudi-backed coalition forces will both withdraw from Hodeidah and enter into a ceasefire for the surrounding region, all within the next 21 days.
This event marks a breakthrough in the nearly four-year conflict between the two warring factions. This has been the first time in two years that the two sides have agreed to a direct talk.
The warring factions have also agreed to establishing a humanitarian corridor in the Taiz province. Located in southwestern Yemen, Taiz has seen some of the worst violence during the war.
Finally, the two sides have agreed to a prisoner swap, having exchanged lists filled with the names of thousands of detainees.
The prisoner swap is meant to take place before the next round of talks, beginning on January the 20th.