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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 government meanwhile renewed its commitment to respect a hard-won truce accord reached at peace talks in Sweden earlier this month.
“This is an important step towards stopping the aggression and lifting the blockade,” rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam said late Friday.
He was referring to a military campaign launched in 2015 by a Saudi-led coalition fighting on the side of the government and a blockade of Yemen’s sea and air ports. Quoted by the rebel-run Al-Masirah TV, Abdelsalam criticised the resolution for not condemning the “crimes of the aggressors”. (AFP)