Yemeni observers said that the ongoing mobilization and the escalating fighting in Hodeidah will put more additional strains to any cease-fire ahead of the next peace negotiations facilitated by the United Nations.
The Yemeni troops have advanced to near the city center in Hodeidah in the past few days, fighting with Houthi rebels from street to street.
Saudi Arabia's key Western allies, including the United States, have called for a ceasefire ahead of the United Nations-led efforts to reinstate peace after more than three years of war that has pushed Yemen to the brink of starvation.
Also on Tuesday, the Houthis reported the killing of eight "displaced passengers" escaping Hodeidah by a coalition airstrike on a bus traveling on the highway near the al-Jarrahi district in the afternoon.
"We do hope that talk about getting the peace process back on track, that gives us hope, but it is very imperative for the people of Yemen that this conflict stops as soon as possible", said Stephen Anderson, the World Food Program's (WFP) country director in Yemen.
On the other hand, the global community has persistently called for peace talks with Houthi rebels who took control of the port back in 2014.
UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths will brief the UN Security Council on the situation in that country today.
Saudi Arabia is leading the Arab military coalition that intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after the Houthi rebels forced him into exile.Читайте также: All Facebook execs were apparently told to use Android phones over iPhones
The Houthis still control Yemen's most populated areas, including the capital, Sanaa, and the port city of Hodeida.
A non-military source with knowledge of the decision claimed the coalition was responding to global requests for a ceasefire to ensure the Houthis attend planned peace talks.
A source in the military alliance told the Reuters news agency on Thursday that "the coalition has instructed forces on the ground to halt fighting inside Hudaydah" - which is the port of entry for most food, aid and commercial goods.
Houthi participation remains a concern.
"(The) coalition will urge all parties to take advantage of window of opportunity to restart political process", he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain have imposed a near-total embargo on Qatar since June 2017 over allegations of Doha supporting radical groups and seeking closer ties with Tehran.
However, media outlets loyal to the Houthi group dismissed the reports about military progress made by government forces in Hodeidah.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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