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Ceasefire reached for critical Yemeni port city

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Ceasefire reached for critical Yemeni port city

Ceasefire reached for critical Yemeni port city

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gueterres says all fighting forces will be withdrawn from the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, a vital vein for humanitarian aid to the ravaged country.

Emily Wither reports.

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Ceasefire reached for critical Yemeni port city

Warring parties in Yemen have agreed to a ceasefire in the port city of Hodeidah.

The agreement coming at the end of talks in Sweden brokered by the U.N.

Between the Iranian-aligned Houthis and the Saudi-backed government.

The U.N.

Chief says all fighting forces will withdraw from the area and control will pass to local forces.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N.

SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES SAYING: "U.N.

Will play a leading role in the port and this will facilitate humanitarian access and the flow of movement to the civilian population and it will improve the living conditions for millions of Yemenis." This strategic port matters, an escalation in fighting here would have been catastrophic.

It's the main lifeline for just under two thirds of Yemen's population.

Nearly four years of civil war has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis in years.

Millions have been pushed to the brink of starvation and thousands have died in the fighting.

Coalition leaders Saudi Arabia and the UAE have come under pressure by Western allies to end the war.

While the deal is a breakthrough there's still no agreement yet on a ceasefire for the rest of the country.

It's expected an agreement on the capital's airport will come within a week.

Yemen's Houthis have agreed in principle on a U.N.

Role in Sanaa's airport.

A political framework will be discussed in the next round of meetings scheduled for January.




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