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Two vessels carrying badly needed fuel have arrived in Yemen’s Hodeidah port since a truce agreed to by the warring parties went into effect two days ago.
A two-month UN-brokered truce began on Saturday, after it was agreed by the Yemeni government and the Saudi-led coalition supporting it, and their rival Houthi rebels.
On Monday, the spokesman of the Houthi-run Yemen Petroleum Company, Essam al-Motawakel, said a ship carrying fuel arrived in the western Hodeidah port after 32 days in the coalition holding area in the Red Sea.
Another ship was allowed into the port a day earlier, after 88 days in the holding area, al-Motawakel said. Two more fuel vessels remain held by the coalition. The truce agreement includes a halt to military operations and allowing the entry of 18 fuel ships into Hodeidah port, among other measures.
In recent months, Yemen has seen a severe fuel crisis, which led to price hikes, forced some health facilities to shut off equipment and increased restrictions on people’s movement.
Saudi Arabia and its allies have been fighting alongside the government in Yemen against Iranian-backed Houthis since March 2015, months after the rebels seized large parts of the north.
The government and the Houthis have accused each other of breaching the truce.
Wadah al-Dubaish, spokesman for the joint forces on the west coast, told dpa that the Houthis violated the truce in Hodeidah city by bombarding the joint forces sites and bringing military reinforcements.
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