Clashes erupted Tuesday morning in Yemen just minutes after a ceasefire deal took effect in the country’s flashpoint port city of Hodeida, a pro-government official said.
The official told AFP that sporadic clashes in the east of the Red Sea city — whose port serves as a crucial gateway for humanitarian aid — are ongoing despite a truce deal that was to be implemented at midnight local time (2100 GMT).
The United Nations said on Monday that the deal was to be implemented at midnight, even though the agreement reached in Sweden was announced on Thursday between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and the Huthi rebels and included an “immediate ceasefire” in Hodeida and its surroundings.
Shortly before the agreement was to take effect on Tuesday, Yemen’s internationally-recognised government called on its forces to “cease fire in Hodeida province and Hodeida city”, according to a copy of a statement received by AFP.
The Huthi rebels also said they would commit to the agreement.