UN convenes warring sides in Yemen's al-Hodeidah

A UN-led truce monitoring team including members of Yemen's warring sides held its first meeting in the Red Sea port city of al-Hodeidah on Wednesday (December 26th) a pro-government official told AFP.

"We are expecting a good outcome," said the official, who requested anonymity.

The ceasefire is part of a peace push seen as the best chance yet of ending the conflict.

Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert is heading the joint committee including Saudi-backed government officials and Iran-backed Houthis (Ansarallah) to oversee the truce.

Loyalist members of the committee were transported to the meeting from east of the city in UN vehicles, a Yemeni government official told AFP on condition anonymity.

Sporadic clashes on Wednesday morning underscored the fragility of the truce that began last week, as both sides accused each other of violating the ceasefire.

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