Rappler's latest stories on Hodeida
'It is very much to do with moving from what I would call a military-first strategy to a peace-first strategy, and this is I think what we are doing,' says a senior UAE official
The accusation comes after the Huthi rebels, who have been in control of the ports since 2014, said they had carried out their obligations
A UN official says Martin Griffiths is in the Red Sea port city to oversee the truce deal's implementation and 'follow up on preparations' for a new monitoring mission
The Hodeida agreement stipulates a full ceasefire, followed by the withdrawal and redeployment of rival forces from the city – two clauses that have yet to be fulfilled
The news comes as reports surface that the UN is looking to replace the head of a monitoring mission to Hodeida, a lifeline to millions of Yemenis dependent on its imports to survive
A UN source confirms the news, saying Griffiths is in Yemen to 'work on the rapid implementation of the Hodeida agreement'
Martin Griffiths' visit comes as the ceasefire in Hodeida was generally holding, although there have been intermittent clashes with both sides blaming each other
The rebels' withdrawal is a key part of a ceasefire that went into effect on December 18
Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert is heading the joint committee including Saudi-backed government officials and Iran-aligned Huthi rebels to oversee the truce
Yemen's internationally-recognized government calls on its forces to 'cease fire in Hodeida province and Hodeida city'
If implemented, the deal on the Hodeida port, a key gateway for aid and food imports, could bring relief to a country where 14 million people stand on the brink of famine
Aside from Hodeida and Taiz, other issues on the table include humanitarian corridors, the reopening of the defunct international airport in the capital Sanaa, and a massive prisoner swap
Government loyalists supported by a Saudi-led coalition are fighting to oust the Iran-backed Huthi rebels from the strategic Red Sea city, whose docks are a lifeline to 14 million Yemenis at risk of starvation
(UPDATED) Troops entered residential streets in eastern Hodeida with the aim of 'purging them of insurgents'
The World Health Organization estimates nearly 10,000 people have been killed since 2015, when Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the government's war against the Huthis
Yemeni rebels say the air strikes were by the Saudi-led coalition
'The airport was completely cleared, Thank God, and is under control,' says Abdul Salaam al-Shehi, coalition commander for the Red Sea coast
Martin Griffiths is expected to propose to rebel leaders that they cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee and halt heavy clashes against advancing government troops
(3rd UPDATE) The clashes come as the UN Security Council meet for urgent talks on the military operation and call for the vital Red Sea port to be 'kept open'
Hodeida is Yemen's largest entry point for aid on which millions depend, as the country teeters on the brink of famine
But the UN adds that shipments of food and medicines to the rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida remains blocked
Between 100 000 and half a million people could be displaced as the conflict and humanitarian situation continue to worsen says Shabia Mantoo Yemen spokesperson for the UN refugee agency the UNHCR