Jan 12, 2019 17:27 UTC
  • Renewed clashes erupt in Hudaydah despite ceasefire between warring parties

Fresh clashes have erupted between Yemeni Ansarullah defenders and Saudi-backed militants in Hudaydah despite a UN-brokered truce in the vital Red Sea port city.

According to reports, a source said artillery and machine-gun exchanges in Hudaydah's south early on Saturday, adding that they abated later in the day.

The renewed fighting came amid a Hudaydah ceasefire, which was reached between Yemen’s warring parties in Sweden in December.

They agreed to the withdrawal of their forces and deployment of UN monitors to the port, the entry point for most of Yemen’s vital aid and commercial goods.

On Friday, UN aid coordinator Lise Grande visited Hudaydah, a lifeline for millions of Yemenis, and held talks with local officials.

Grande is in Hudaydah to "see the humanitarian situation... and ensure the arrival of aid through the port," said Jaber al-Razahi, the head of Yemen's National Authority for the Administration and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.