A hard-won truce in the battleground Yemeni city of Hodeida will collapse if rebel violations persist and the United Nations does not intervene, the Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday. UN observers are due in Yemen to head up monitoring teams made up of government and rebel representatives tasked with overseeing the implementation of the UN-brokered ceasefire that took effect on Tuesday. The UN Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee, will convene its first meeting by videoconference from New York on Wednesday before heading to Yemen “later this week”, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarri said. Hodeida residents reached by telephone said there was complete calm in the Red Sea port city on Wednesday morning following intermittent gunfire during the night. But the Saudi-led coalition, which has been fighting alongside the government since March 2015, complained of repeated rebel breaches since the truce went into effect. “A total of 21 violations since ceasefire commencement have come to our notice,” a coalition source told AFP on condition of anonymity. “If the UN continues to drag the chain and take too long to get into the (military) theatre, they will lose the opportunity altogether… and the agreement will turn a dead duck,” the source said… Read full this story
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