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Rebel parade in sensitive Yemen port city draws UN rebuke

Millions of Yemeni civilians in rebel-held areas are dependent on the flow of aid through the Red Sea port of Hodeida where a fragile truce deal has been in force since 2018
— Dubai (AFP)

Yemeni rebel fighters paraded through Hodeida Thursday drawing a stern reminder from the United Nations to abide by a hard-won 2018 agreement to demilitarise the Red Sea port city.

The rebels' Al-Masirah television channel aired footage of the parade it said involved air and naval forces as well as hundreds of uniformed troops.

The parade drew a rebuke from the UN mission deployed to oversee the deal the rebels reached with the government and its Saudi-led supporters in Sweden four years ago to avert potentially devastating fighting for the city's lifeline port.

The mission said it was "deeply concerned by the military parade that took place in Hodeida city today, in violation of the Hodeida agreement".

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