It has been one year this week since the Stockholm Agreement was signed between the Houthis (Ansarallah) and the Yemeni government, but the Houthis have yet to implement any of the terms, Yemen's prime minister said.
The agreement, signed December 13th, 2018 during peace talks in Sweden, called for a ceasefire in al-Hodeidah and the mutual redeployment of forces from the city and the ports of Salif, Ras Issa and al-Hodeidah within 21 days.
Per the agreement, both sides were to release about 16,000 prisoners of war.
But this has not yet happened, Prime Minister Moeen Abdulmalik said.
Additionally, he said, the Iran-backed Houthis "continue to put restrictions on the work of the UN mission in al-Hodeidah".
They also have continued to target commercial ships in the Red Sea, threaten international navigation, and target the headquarters of the government ceasefire monitoring team of the UN's Redeployment Co-ordination Committee.
The prime minister's remarks came during a Tuesday (December 17th) meeting in Aden with members of the al-Hodeidah local authority to discuss the authority's efforts to normalise conditions and establish security in the province.
The meeting also sought to assess their urgent service, development, humanitarian and relief needs.
"The Houthis refuse to transfer public revenues to the Central Bank as per the Stockholm Agreement so we can pay state employees' salaries," Abdulmalik said.
"They also looted [resources] and failed to honour their promises to open safe humanitarian corridors in al-Hodeidah, implement the prisoner swap agreement and lift their siege of Taez," he added.
The coalition has so far freed only 135 Houthis, and the insurgents have released 290 coalition fighters.
UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday to meet with Yemen's government and hold talks on new peace negotiations.
Griffiths held similar discussions with Houthis in Sanaa before heading to Riyadh.
Call for abandoning agreement
Local officials have urged the government to abandon the Stockholm Agreement, in view of the Houthis' failure to comply with its terms, and proceed with the military push to restore al-Hodeidah to government hands.
Deputy al-Hodeidah governor Walid al-Qadimi told Al-Mashareq Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi now faces two choices.
Faced with the Houthis' failure to comply with the Stockholm Agreement, he said, Hadi can "abandon the agreement and issue orders to the army to resume the liberation of al-Hodeidah".
Or else he can list all of the Houthis' violations that have undermined the agreement "so as to secure international consensus on the resumption of army operations to liberate al-Hodeidah", he said.
"The people of al-Hodeidah have held rallies in liberated districts calling for the liberation of al-Hodeidah, to stop the Houthis' violations and put an end to the humanitarian, health, social and economic suffering of its people," he noted.
"We are peacemakers, but the Houthis have so far committed some 12,000 violations, killed 223 civilians and injured 2,180 others," he said.
"The agreement stipulates their withdrawal to the south of the province and the legitimate government's forces to the north of the province, so humanitarian corridors can be opened and assistance allowed in, but this has not happened."
'UN must take a firm stance'
Political analyst Faisal Ahmed told Al-Mashareq the Yemeni government signed the Stockholm Agreement only after it received guarantees from the UN and international community that the Houthis would abide by its terms.
"This puts the responsibility on the UN as well," he said.
The Houthis have attacked Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, head of the UN observer team tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in al-Hodeidah, he said, referring to a January incident in which a UN convoy came under fire.
"This gives the UN an indication as to the extent of the Houthis' compliance with the implementation of the agreement," Ahmed said.
"The UN must take a firm stance with the Houthis so they do not go further, and make Yemenis lose in peace as they lost in war," he said.