Yemen’s Houthi rebels hand over con­trol of port

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - News -

Yemen’s Shi­ite rebels on Sat­ur­day handed over con­trol of the main port in the Red Sea city of Hodeida to the coun­try’s navy and coast guard un­der U.N. su­per­vi­sion, se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said, in a sig­nif­i­cant step in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a deal reached dur­ing peace talks in Swe­den ear­lier this month.

The han­dover is the first in a se­ries of mea­sures agreed to in Swe­den that could pave the way for a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment of Yemen’s 4-year-old war pit­ting the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels against the in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized govern­ment backed since 2015 by a Saudi-led coali­tion.

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