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And have agreed to a cease fire in the port city of Hodeidah. The agreement coming at the end of talks in Sweden brokered by the UN between the Iran-aligned Tahouthis and the Saudi backed government. The UN chiefs says all fighting forces will withdraw from the area, and control will pass to local forces.
>> UN will play a leading role in the ports. And this will facilitate humanitarian access to the
to the civilian population. And it will improve the living conditions by millions of Yemenis.>> This strategic port matters, and escalation and fighting here would have been catastrophic. It's the main lifeline for just under two-thirds of Yemen's population.
Nearly four years of civil war has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis in years. Millions have been pushed to the brink of starvation, and thousands have died in the fighting. Coalition leaders Saudi Arabia and the UAE have come under pressure by Western allies to end the war. While the deal is a breakthrough, there's still no agreement yet on a ceasefire for the rest of the country.
It's expected an agreement on the capital's airport will come within a week. Yemen's Houthis have agreed in principle on a UN role in Sana'a's airport. The political framework will be discussed in the next round of meetings scheduled for January.