Ship boat

First oil tanker authorized in Hodeïda in Yemen within the framework of the truce

CAIRO (AP) — A tanker carrying much-needed fuel arrived in Yemen’s blockaded port of Hodeidah on Sunday as a ceasefire meant to halt fighting in the war-torn country for two months entered into force. his first full day.

The truce agreement, which came into effect on Saturday evening, allows fuel deliveries to arrive in Hodeidah and the resumption of passenger flights from the airport in the capital Sanaa. Hodeidah and Sanaa are held by Houthi rebels backed by Iran.

The deal comes after a significant escalation in hostilities in recent weeks that has seen the Houthis claim responsibility for several attacks across the country’s borders, targeting the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Essam al-Motwakel, spokesman for the Houthi-run oil company, said the Saudi-led coalition had allowed the ship – carrying mazut, low-quality fuel oil – to enter Hodeidah port . The port handles around 70% of Yemen’s commercial and humanitarian imports.

He called on UN envoy Hans Grundberg to work with the coalition and expedite the arrival of other ships to ease a long-running fuel crisis in Houthi-held areas.

According to a copy of the truce obtained by The Associated Press.

The UN envoy called on the two sides to agree on opening roads around Taiz and other provinces, according to the ceasefire document. Taiz, which remains partially held by forces fighting on behalf of the internationally recognized government, has been blocked by the Houthis for years.

“The success of this initiative will depend on the continued commitment of the warring parties to implement the truce agreement with the accompanying humanitarian measures,” Grundberg said on Saturday as he announced the truce had come into effect.

The ceasefire announced by the UN, supported by both parties, is the first time since 2018 that the two parties have publicly agreed on such an initiative. At a meeting in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, the leaders laid out a framework that called for an end to the fighting in Hodeidah and the exchange of more than 15,000 prisoners. The agreement, seen as an important first step towards ending the conflict, was never fully implemented.

The conflict in Yemen began with the Houthis’ takeover of Sana’a in 2014. A Saudi-led coalition allied with the government has been fighting the Houthis since March 2015.

The war in Yemen has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, leaving millions of people suffering from food and medical shortages. It killed more than 150,000 people, including combatants and civilians, according to a database project that tracks the violence.