Hope was quickly dashed for the residents of Yemen’s Hodeida after a week of peace talks in Sweden initially gave rise to a ceasefire between Houthi forces and the Saudi-led coalition. But instead of peace, the sounds of fierce clashes and coalition fighter jets re-echo throughout the province.
Saudi Arabia has violated the Hodeida ceasefire at least 50 times since Thursday, when the truce was agreed upon — launching 50 airstrikes as the ink on the deal was still drying. Saudi artillery fired more than 300 mortar shells on Hodeida`s residential areas and Saudi mercenaries attempted to breach Hodeida’s western defenses multiple times.
The ceasefire agreement stipulates that an immediate cessation of hostilities should come into effect in Hodeida and its three ports upon the signing of the agreement, followed by a mutual redeployment of forces to agreed-upon locations outside of the city and ports.