BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Houthi delegation at the Yemen peace conference in Sweden has refused to leave the Hodeidah province, despite pressure from the government and Saudi Coalition.
Yemen’s Huthi rebels will not hand over the key port of Hodeida to the rival government, a rebel representative said Friday, as the two parties met for U.N.-brokered talks in Sweden.
“This is not on the table,” Abdul-Malik Al-Ajri, an anti-government delegate, told the AFP News Agency on Saturday.
The Houthi forces control most of Hodeidah city; however, they are currently under heavy attack by the Saudi Coalition and their allies.
Despite repeated demands by the Saudi Coalition, the Houthi forces have refused to concede the provincial capital of Hodeidah because its port is an imperative lifeline to the people of northern Yemen.