UN team arrives in Yemen to monitor Hodeidah truce Dec 23, 2018 0 284 12345 AFPAdenA United Nations team arrived in Yemen on Saturday to monitor a fragile ceasefire in the rebel-held city of Hodeidahh, the latest push to secure peace in the devastated country.It comes a day after the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution authorising the deployment of observers to Hodeidah, a lifeline port city which serves as the entry point for the majority of imports to war-torn Yemen.The team led by Patrick Cammaert, a retired Dutch general, was seen by a journalist landing in Aden where the internationally-recognised government is based.Cammaert was welcomed on arrival by Saghir bin Aziz, a general who heads the government team in a joint committee–with Huthi rebels–which is tasked with organising the withdrawal of troops from Hodeidah.After meeting with leaders in Aden, Cammaert is due to travel to the rebel-held capital Sanaa and onwards to Hodeidah, a Yemeni official said.Hodeidah is held by Yemen’s Huthi rebels and has been subjected to an offensive by pro-government forces, backed by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia.A halt to fighting in the strategic port city follows intense diplomatic efforts which culminated in peace talks last week in Sweden, where the warring parties agreed to the truce which came into force on Tuesday. The Security Council resolution which approved the observer mission also endorsed those prior negotiations. The UN monitoring team could consist of 30 to 40 people, according to diplomats, and aims to secure the functioning of Hodeidah port and supervise the withdrawal of fighters from the city.The text approved by the Security Council “insists on the full respect by all parties of the ceasefire agreed” for Hodeidah.It authorises the United Nations to “establish and deploy, for an initial period of 30 days from the adoption of this resolution, an advance team to begin monitoring” the ceasefire, under Cammaert’s leadership.The resolution was backed by rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam, who said late Friday it marked “an important step towards stopping the aggression and lifting the blockade”. RELATED ARTICLES Gaza buries its sons killed by Israeli fire at border protests Dec 23, 2018 0 347 Almost 300,000 Syrians have gone home, says Turkey Dec 23, 2018 0 294 Pompeo reassures Iraqi leader on campaign against Islamic State Dec 23, 2018 0 310 Blasts near Somalia presidential palace leave 22 dead dpa Mogadishu Somali police say at least 22 people have been killed in attacks near the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu that have been claimed by the terrorist group al-Shabaab. More than 30 others were .. Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz passes away Riyadh: -Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz, a half brother of King Salman, died on Saturday at the age of 87, his billionaire son said. “Prince Talal was called by God on Saturday,” Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal wrote on .. UN resolution an ‘important step’, say Yemeni rebels Dubai: Yemeni rebels have welcomed a UN Security Council resolution authorising the deployment of ceasefire monitors to the flashpoint port city of Hodeidah, calling it an “important step”. Yemen’s Saudi-backed .. At least 17 dead as petrol tanker rams into minibus in Kenya Nairobi: At least 17 people were killed Friday when a petrol tanker collided with a stationary minibus in western Kenya, according to the St John Ambulance service. The minibus - known locally as a matatu - had stopped at .. Four women, boy dead in DR Congo landslide Bukavu: Four women and a child died when a landslide flattened their houses after heavy rain in Bukavu in eastern DR Congo, local sources said Saturday. “Five dead bodies have been found in Kadutu commune after a landslip .. Turkey announces probe into shipment of arms to Libya Tripoli: Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced during a visit to Libya Saturday an investigation into a shipment of arms smuggled from his country to the conflict-hit North African nation. Libyan ..