Govt-allied forces leave Yemeni city, rebels re-enter

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Forces loyal to Yemen’s internationally recognized government have withdrawn from the strategic port city of Hodeida, allowing the rebels to retake key positions there, Yemeni officials and the United Nations said.

The development was a setback to the U.N.-brokered cease-fire in 2018 that ended fighting over Hodeida. The deal was seen as an important first step toward ending the broader conflict in Yemen, devastated by years of civil war, but was never fully implemented.

The pro-government militias, founded and bankrolled by the United Arab Emirates and known as Joint Forces, said late on Friday.—AP

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