Yemen Parties Agree on Humanitarian Deal in Vital Aid Port

Sides agree to create humanitarian corridors

UN-brokered talks trying to revive the Yemen truce in Hodeidah have ended with a new agreement to create more humanitarian corridors into the vital aid port. It is unclear if that resolves all the questions.

Hodeidah is the aid city through which 70% of all food into Yemen flows. The deal between the Houthis and Yemen’s Hadi government is meant to prevent the port being damaged, leading to mass starvation.

This was meant to involve everyone getting their heavy weapons and troops out of the area, which was supposed to have been done long ago. The deal today on the corridor may give the process a shot in the arm, but if it’s enough to keep the process going remains to be seen.

There is reason to be optimistic, though. Fighting is on the decline in recent weeks in Yemen, and the two sides also made a local deal on a prisoner exchange in Taiz, suggesting a more diplomatic mood than has been seen in much of the war.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.