Talks focus on control of Hodeida port
rimbo (sweden) — Yemen’s foreign minister said on Saturday the rebel-held port of Hodeida must be handed over to the government, amid UN-brokered talks on the conflict between the government and Houthi insurgents.
“We accept that the port works under the administration that ran the port in 2014,” Khaled Al Yamani
said. The rebels seized Hodeida in a takeover of territory in 2014.
However, Houthi negotiator Mohammed Abdusalam said Hodeida port should be declared a “neutral zone” and the UN could play a role in Sanaa airport.
Al Yamani said the governmentcontrolled city of Aden could be home to the country’s main airport.
“We are ready to reopen Sanaa international airport today... but we have a vision that Aden will be the sovereign airport of Yemen,” Al Yamani said. “If the other side accepts... flights could land in Aden and leave to Sanaa, Hodeida, other airports.” —
hodeida — Houthi militias continue to cause damage to the infrastructure and services in Yemen by setting-up booby traps in schools and planting improvised explosive devices and mines in food cans and bags, as part of their destructive strategies to cause maximum loss of life.
In this regard, the Al Sharaf School in Hodeida has been transformed into a military barrack following its destruction.
The Houthis also planted mines and explosive devices in sugar and rice bags, as well as fire extinguishers to reach the homes of Yemeni citizens, public roads and government buildings in Hodeida. The attacks are in retaliation against locals who rejected their terrorist practices.
The Yemeni resistance forces were able to dismantle a network of mines and explosive devices in
classrooms inside a school which were planted by the militia as part of their agenda to deprive students of education and join the militias as child soldiers instead. Engineering teams from the coalition are working to clear mines and other explosive devices planted along public roads and in civilian areas.
The resistance forces also cleared areas inside a Red Sea mill from mines and IEDs planted to destroy the company’s flour and grain production.
More than 4.5 million children have been deprived of education after Houthi militias destroyed 2,372 schools. —
Rana Ghanem, member of a Yemen government’s delegation, speaks to journalists during the ongoing Yemen peace talks at Johannesberg Castle in Rimbo, 50km north of Stockholm, Sweden, on Saturday. A Yemeni government official said that Houthi rebels were ‘not serious’ in finding a common ground to end the devastating war. —