Peace deal in Yemen hits snag as UN seeks aid pledges
UN chief admits progress has been slow in implementing troop withdrawal
Geneva — A peace deal in Yemen’s main port city appears to have stalled again despite UN efforts to salvage the pact intended to clear the way for wider negotiations to end the devastating four-year war, sources involved in the discussions said. UN chief Antonio Guterres admitted at a pledging conference in Geneva on Tuesday, which seeks to raise $4bn for Yemen, that progress has been slow in implementing a troop withdrawal in Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions facing starvation. The Iran-aligned Houthi movement controls the Red Sea city, now a focus of the war, while other Yemeni factions backed by a Saudi-led coalition loyal to the ousted government are massed on the edges. Both sides were meant to redeploy forces by Jauary 7. A timeline announced last week was missed. It was supposed to launch a phased approach whereby the Houthis would withdraw from two smaller ports within days, to be followed by a coalition retreat from the city’s eastern suburbs.
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