Houthi rebels attack gov't headquarters in Yemen's Hodeidah

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-24 05:24:55|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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ADEN, Yemen, July 23 (Xinhua) -- A Yemeni military spokesman said on Tuesday that the Houthi rebels attacked the headquarters of the government team at the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.

"The Houthi militia fired five rocket-propelled grenades at the headquarters of the government team at the RCC in Hodeidah," said Waddah Dubaish, spokesman for joint pro-government forces in the country's western coast.

"The Houthi bombing caused injury of a staff member at the headquarters of the government's representatives at the RCC which is backed by the United Nations," said Dubaish.

He explained that the bombing coincided with the presence of the liaison committee at the headquarters which was entrusted with monitoring the cease-fire implementation in Hodeidah.

The attack came a week after the RCC, which includes representatives of the Yemeni government and Houthi group, resumed negotiations to implement Stockholm's Peace Agreement in Hodeidah.

Last week, the United Nations said in a statement that Yemen's warring parties agreed on "new measures" to reinforce the cease-fire deal and troops withdrawal from Hodeidah.

Representatives from both Yemeni warring parties met aboard a UN ship on the Red Sea for resumed discussions on the implementation of a stalled troops withdrawal from Hodeidah as agreed in a deal reached in Stockholm in December last year.

Hodeidah is the main Yemeni port city on the Red Sea and key entry of most Yemen's commercial imports and humanitarian aid.

The grinding war has lasted more than four years, pushing more than 20 million people to the verge of starvation.

Iran-allied Houthi rebels control much of Hodeidah while the Saudi-backed government troops have advanced to the southeastern districts.