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WorldDeadly fighting erupts in Yemen's Hodeida

13:30  01 december  2018
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Yemen peace talks likely in early December: Mattis

Yemen peace talks likely in early December: Mattis U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that peace talks between Yemen's warring parties are likely to take place in early December in Sweden. Western countries are pressing for a ceasefire and renewed peace efforts to end the more than three-year long conflict, which is seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. A Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing government forces fighting the Iran-allied Houthi group. The Houthis now rule most of Yemen's population, while the exiled government controls a section of the south. U.N.

In this file photo, fishermen take a break and chew Qat, an amphetamine-like stimulant, on a boat at the main fishing port, in Hodeida , Yemen . Image Credit: AP.

The coalition has been working in Yemen since 2015 under Saudi command to reestablish in Sanaa the internationally recognized government of President The Houthis are still masters of the capital Sana'a and hold other cities like Hodeida , the point of entry for three quarters of Yemen ' s imports.

Deadly fighting erupts in Yemen's Hodeida© Provided by AFP Yemeni pro-government forces gather outside the May 22 Hospital on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida on November 15, 2018

Renewed violence in Yemen's vital port city of Hodeida has left 10 fighters dead, despite a UN push for peace talks, an official and medical sources told AFP on Saturday.

An official with pro-government forces said fighting erupted in the east and south of the Red Sea city on Friday, while Huthi rebels on their television channel referred to an exchange of tank fire.

Intermittent clashes continued on Saturday, Hodeida residents told AFP by phone.

The violence follows a visit to the city last month by UN envoy Martin Griffiths to press for talks aimed at ending the war which has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

Expectations low as Yemen's warring parties meet for talks

Expectations low as Yemen's warring parties meet for talks Yemen's warring parties will meet in Sweden this week for another attempt at talks aimed at halting their catastrophic 3-year-old war, but there are few incentives for major compromises, and the best outcome might be to firm up a shaky de-escalation. 

KHOKHA, Yemen — Clashes and air strikes have left 84 people dead around Yemen ' s Red Sea port city of Hodeida since the collapse of UN-brokered peace talks, hospital sources said on Sunday. The sources in Hodeida province, controlled by Houthi rebels

The call came as fighting in Yemen intensified as government forces closed in on the strategic port city of Hodeida . Meanwhile, Amnesty International said Yemen ' s rebels had taken up positions on a hospital rooftop in Hodeida that a Saudi-led coalition has been trying to capture for the past week.

Hodeida port is held by the Huthis and serves as the entry point for nearly all of the country's imports and humanitarian aid.

A Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen's internationally-recognised government launched an assault to take Hodeida in June, but its forces had largely suspended the offensive amid intense diplomatic efforts.

Sporadic clashes have however continued since a fragile truce began on November 13.

Medical sources on Saturday confirmed the bodies of eight rebels had been transferred to hospitals.

Two fighters with pro-government forces were also killed, according to a medical source at a hospital in an area held by the loyalists.

In a further sign of renewed tensions, Saudi Arabia said the Huthis launched a "military projectile" which hit a house in the kingdom.

Expectations low as Yemen's warring parties meet for talks

Expectations low as Yemen's warring parties meet for talks Yemen's warring parties will meet in Sweden this week for another attempt at talks aimed at halting their catastrophic 3-year-old war, but there are few incentives for major compromises, and the focus is likely to be on firming up a shaky de-escalation.U.N. officials say they don't expect rapid progress toward a political settlement but hope for at least minor steps that would help to address Yemen's worsening humanitarian crisis.Britain's U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce said "it's very good news" that all the parties have come to Stockholm "but the hard work begins now and we hope the parties will engage in good faith with the United Nations.

Yemen ' s Shiite rebels, the Houthis, who also hold the country's capital of Sanaa, did not immediately acknowledge losing the airport. Later on Saturday, the United Nations envoy for Yemen , Martin Griffiths, arrived in the rebel-held capital Sanaa for talks on the conflict in Hodeida , the Agence

Yemeni officials say fighting in the al-Tuhyta district, south of the key port city of Hodeida , has left 57 civilians wounded since the beginning of July. Many of them were wounded by land mines, they said. The officials spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the

Two people were injured in the strike in Samtah governorate, Saudi state news agency SPA reported. It is the first confirmation by Riyadh of such a rocket attack since September.

The escalation comes just days ahead of proposed peace talks hosted by Sweden, which have been backed by both the coalition and rebels.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, however, has played down the early December schedule and said he hoped talks would start "this year".

"But, as you know, there have been some setbacks," he said on Thursday.

Riyadh has expressed concern over Huthi rocket attacks on Saudi territory, while the rebels are seeking assurances their delegation will be able to safely leave and return to Yemen.

Previous talks planned for September in Geneva failed to get underway as the Huthi delegation never left the Yemeni capital Sanaa, arguing that the United Nations could not guarantee their safe return.

Rebel delegates were left stranded in Oman for three months in 2016, after negotiations hosted by Kuwait collapsed after 108 days.

If conditions are met, all sides have in principle agreed to attend the talks in Sweden, including the government of Yemen's internationally-recognised president, Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

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