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Date: Jul 16, 2019
Source: The Daily Star
UN extends Yemen monitor mission by six months
Agence France Presse
UNITED NATIONS, United States: The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Monday to extend its ceasefire observation mission in the Yemeni port city of Hodeida by six months, until January 15 2020.

It also called on Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to deploy a full contingent of observers "expeditiously" in the mission, which is mandated to have 75 staff but currently only has 20 on the ground.

The text adopted Monday stressed that the U.N. mission should "monitor the compliance of the parties to the ceasefire in Hodeida governorate and the mutual redeployment of forces from the city of Hodeida and the ports of Hodeida, Salif and Ras Issa."

The monitors should work with the parties so that the security of the area "is assured by local security forces in accordance with Yemeni law."

It also called on all parties involved in the Hodeida Agreement to support U.N. efforts by ensuring the safety of the monitors and affording all personnel and supplies swift and unfettered movement.

Under the agreement made in Stockholm at the end of 2018, all warring factions were supposed to have withdrawn their troops from the strategic port city in western Yemen, but that pullback has been long delayed owing to lingering distrust between Yemeni government forces and the Houthi rebels.

Last month, Houthi rebels balked at providing visas for U.N. observers stationed off the coast on board a U.N. vessel.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the civil war since the Arab military coalition intervened in support of the beleaguered Yemeni government in March 2015, according to the World Health Organization.

Another 3.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes.

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