The Yemeni port of Hodeida receives the first commercial cargo ship in seven years of war

The Yemeni port of Hodeida receives the first commercial cargo ship in seven years of war

26 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The Yemeni port of Hodeida received a commercial cargo ship this past Saturday for the first time since 2016 in full attempts to reactivate the cessation of hostilities between the Houthis insurgents and the Yemeni government.

The port is an essential strategic point of interest as the main entry and exit gate for aid, goods and crude oil, essential to sustain what remains of the economy of a country that, in itself, was one of the poorest in the world before to be devastated by the conflict that broke out at the end of 2014.

The ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Transport of the Huthi insurgent government, Abdul Wahab al Durra, present at the reception of the first freighter with 724 containers of goods on board.

After the arrival of the first freighter, other cargo ships with food, construction materials and crude oil derivatives from Djibouti have arrived at the port, after inspection by the United Nations, “without any kind of delay”, according to the HodHodNews portal.

The war in Yemen pits the internationally recognized government, now represented by the Presidential Leadership Council and supported by the international coalition led by Saudi Arabia, against the Houthis, backed by Iran. The Houthis control the capital, Sana’a, and parts of the north and west of the country.

The United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, is trying to bring the parties closer together, with the help of Oman’s mediation, to relaunch the peace process, after the truce agreed in April 2022 expired in October on the occasion of of the beginning of the month of Ramadan and subsequently extended several times.

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