>> My message to the world is that I want the war to stop so we can live. We want to live like the rest of the world. We want to rest at home, no missiles, no planes. We want to live and work for our children.>> These residents of Yemen's main port city are desperate for a ceasefire to hold.
A fragile UN-mediated truce has been in place in Hudaydah since Tuesday, following successful peace talks in Sweden. But explosions rocked the heavily contested Red Sea city for a second day on Wednesday, the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement and the Saudi-led government blaming each other for the violations. The ceasefire aims to avert an all-out battle in the port that is a lifeline for millions, and vital for emergency aid supplies.
> I hope that the Sweden talks are the beginning of peace. Because this four-year war has worn out the country and the people, and is in no one's interest. Not the people, or the country, just pure aggression from the enemy coalition. We hope this will be the start of peace.
>> More than 80% of Yemen's imports used to come through here. But that has slowed to a trickle, and 16 million Yemenese are on the verge of famine. Sources told Reuters that if international monitors aren't deployed soon, the ceasefire deal could falter. The truce was the first significant breakthrough in peace efforts in five years.
A UN chaired committee and representatives from both sides met on Wednesday to discuss withdrawing troops from Hudaydah City and three other ports. Further talks on the impoverished country are planned for January. The conflict has killed ten of thousands of people, and is widely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.