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Yemen : Despite ceasefire: fighting in the port city of Houdaida go further

In the civil war, the country of Yemen has started to the ceasefire for the strategically important port city of Houdaida. She stepped around midnight local time (Monday, 22 Uhr German time) in force. The news Agency AFP reported, however, despite the agreed ceasefire will continue to fight. The battles in the East of the city continued, as a government representative told AFP. The reports could not independently verify. A scarce hours after the official start of the ceasefire, it was in the channel Al-Arabiya that "tense calm" prevails.

the government and Houthi rebels had agreed on the last Thursday in their talks under UN mediation in Sweden to a ceasefire. Originally, the fire break should occur early in the night to Friday. They proved to be brittle, the fighting in the city continued.

Later, the official beginning of the ceasefire has been postponed to Tuesday 00: 00 (local time). The agreement is valid for the of the rebel-controlled Houdaida and the local port, via the the bulk of the humanitarian aid for Yemen from entering the country.

the government had sought troops for months, take it. They are supported with air strikes from an international coalition, headed by Saudi Arabia. The government and its allies only limited ships with goods across the Red sea to Houdaida.

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After the entry into force of the cease-fire should occur in a next step, a Committee, which is coordinated under UN chairmanship the withdrawal of troops of both sides. Within three weeks to pull this off Houdaida back.

UN mediator Martin Griffiths had called on the parties to the conflict on Sunday to keep to the agreement. With the truce, the hope for a relaxation of the dramatic humanitarian situation in the desperately poor country on the Arabian Peninsula.

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Christian Böhme

In Yemen, a war between Saudi Arabia and other Arab States supported the forces of President Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi and the Shiite Houthi for the 2014 rebels, behind which Iran is. According to the UN, among them thousands of civilians were killed in the civil war, more than 10,000 people. Millions of people are starving, 250 000 threatened by starvation. In the country the worst humanitarian crisis according to the UN, worldwide. (AFP, dpa)

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