The UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, called today, Thursday, to stop the escalating fighting in the coastal province of Hodeidah in the west of the country, and to commit to implementing the Stockholm Agreement.
For the seventh day in a row, the Houthi militia continues to launch its attacks in different parts of Hodeidah Governorate, as part of its escalation efforts and its violation of the UN truce concluded under the “Stockholm Agreement” at the end of 2018.
Griffiths said, in a statement, that he is following with “great concern the recent military escalation in Hodeidah Governorate, and the reports received about civilian casualties, including women and children.”
He stressed that this “military escalation not only violates the ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah, but also contradicts the spirit of the existing negotiations sponsored by the United Nations to reach a ceasefire in all parts of Yemen.”
He added that he was working “with all parties,” calling on them to “stop the fighting immediately and respect their obligations in the Stockholm Agreement.”
Griffiths also urged all parties to interact with the joint implementation mechanisms of the United Nations mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Muhammad al-Hadhrami, condemned the escalation of the Houthi militia in the Al-Duraihimi district in Hodeidah and its violation of the ceasefire there, indicating that the Houthi escalation is an attempt to cover the breakdown and failure of the militias on the Ma’rib, Al-Jawf and Al-Bayda fronts.
Al-Hadhrami held the Houthi militia responsible for the continuation of these violations and the consequences of the failure of the Hodeidah agreement, stressing that the legitimate forces are able to support the coalition to support legitimacy and are ready to liberate what remains of Hodeidah governorate.