UN keeping eye on developments in Yemen's Hodeidah

Sanaa: The US is keeping an eye on the latest developments in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, according to a spokeswoman.  "We are aware of reports of the government of Yemen forces withdrawing from areas south of Hodeidah city up to At Tuhayta District, and indications that Houthi forces have now moved into much of the vacated areas," Farhan Haq, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' deputy spokesman, said in a news report. According to him, the UN was not informed of the movements in advance.

According to the spokesman, the UN Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement is closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with the parties to determine the facts on the ground and respond as needed, in accordance with its mandate. "We urge all parties to the conflict to protect the safety and security of civilians in and near regions where front-line shifts have occurred," Haq added.

Fighting continued along over 50 front lines in Yemen, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on Thursday. The humanitarian world is stepping up its efforts, but the growing scope of humanitarian needs is swiftly outpacing them. Aid agencies have gotten around 55 percent of the funding they need for this year so far.

 

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