Houthis Goes Against Hudaydah Agreement And Assemble Massive Military Power
The massive show of power in Yemen by the Houthis has left the western world and the UN deeply concerned. While there is a truce between the warring factions, Houthi military parade in Hudaydah gives a different feel to the whole situation.
The truce seems to have become an ideal camouflage for the group to reassemble themselves and engage in war in the near future. Assembled at a key port, the assembly has already received worldwide criticism and is also a breach of the 2018 agreement to demilitarize the city. The UN Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) has found this ‘deeply concerning.’
This is not the first time that the Houthis have breached a UN brokered truce amongst the warring parties. The latest one was put into effect in April and has been renewed twice since. Mohammad Al Basha, of the risk assessment group Navanti, while speaking to the media has said that this was the largest military parade by the Houthis in Hudaydah.
“Parade showcased new water-borne improvised explosives, sea mines, drones, anti-ship missiles, rockets, SAMs, and much more,” he wrote on Twitter.
Houthi-run Al Masirah television broadcast coverage of the military parade for more than an hour, along with speeches from military leaders praising the group’s so-called resistance against their enemies.
Under the UN-brokered truce, fuel ships were allowed to enter the port of Hodeidah, providing much-needed reprieve to the people in terms of energy supplies and a source of revenue.
In August, the truce was extended because it was established then that the Houthis have been running low on funding and have exhausted themselves over the fighting. This is one reason that their stance has softened, and they are now willing to negotiate, away from the Iranian shadows.