Joint forces: Houthis refuse to open the Hodeidah-Taiz crossing

Joint forces on Yemen’s west coast confirmed the Houthi militia’s continued refusal to open the Hodeidah-Taiz crossing on Saturday, more than two weeks after it was unilaterally opened by the joint forces. in implementation of the United Nations armistice.

The joint forces have initiated the opening of the Hays-Al-Jarrahi road linking the governorates of Taiz and Hodeidah for humanitarian reasons, unilaterally, in implementation of the UN truce entry in force in early April, in awaiting the response of the Houthi militia, which continues to close the vital passage for the circulation of private individuals and commercial trucks.

The spokesperson, a member of the Joint Forces Command, Brigadier General Sadiq Doweed, confirmed that the Hodeidah-Taiz crossing will continue to be opened unilaterally by the joint forces, in implementation of the principles of the humanitarian truce, while the Houthi terrorist militia refuses to open the crossing and tightens the siege of Taiz.

On Saturday, Brigadier General Doweed appeared at the port of Hays Al-Jarari, which connects the governorates of Taiz and Al-Hodeidah, after it was opened by the joint forces.

And he indicated in a video posted on his Twitter page that “the Houthi militias refused to take such a step on their part, in continuation of their brutal siege of Taiz governorate and failure to implement any of the terms of the UN armistice. “

The Mayon Human Rights Organization had asked the Office of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General in Yemen to put pressure on the Houthi militia to quickly announce a similar initiative and clear the Al-Jarrahi-Hays road from its control areas.

Welcomed the announcement of joint forces to open the Hays-Al-Jarrah line, as a unilateral measure in implementation of the armistice declared by the United Nations.

The organisation’s statement described the initiative as courageous, believing that “the measures taken on the ground to open this lifeline will positively affect civilians and the smooth passage of humanitarian and food aid. in short distances traveled between the governorates of Taiz and Hodeidah ”.

The communiqué invited, at the same time, to follow this initiative and to immediately start opening all ports closed to civilians and humanitarian aid, in particular in the city of Taiz, in implementation of the commitments made for the UN truce.

Interestingly, the Houthi militia met the initiative with a flagrant violation and shot those crossing from the port to its control areas and created a trench and fortifications to prevent travelers from crossing.

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