Truce in Yemen's Hudaydah to Start Tuesday

A Yemeni fighter of the pro-government forces walks with a rifle in the Huthi-held Red Sea port city of Hudaydah

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Earlier, the United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, Mark Lowcock, on Sunday told Al Jazeera that the ceasefire brokered between pro-government forces and the Houthi rebels in Hodeidah must quickly be "translated into a real change on the ground".

An "immediate ceasefire" in Yemen's war will actually come into effect on 18 December, officials say, after the initial deal was followed by violence.

Although calm returned to Hodeida the next morning, a resident in the eastern part of the city told AFP on Saturday evening they could hear a continuous exchange of fire and artillery.

"There are sounds of jets and air strikes, but we don't know what they are targeting", he told AFP by telephone.At least 29 fighters, including 22 Huthi rebels and seven pro-government troops, were killed on Saturday night in clashes and air strikes in Hodeida province, a pro-government military source told AFP.

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A brief ceasefire in the Yemeni city of Hodeida has been shattered following overnight clashes, agencies reported on Sunday.

"We look forward to the Yemeni parties reaching an agreement on the negotiation framework at the end of this coming January, so ceasefire can prevail across the whole of Yemen and a comprehensive package, including political and security arrangements, can be worked out", said Ma, referring to the next round of intra-Yemeni talks which are scheduled for January 2019.

Griffiths has asked the Security Council to pass a resolution backing deployment of a robust monitoring regime to oversee compliance with the truce, headed by retired Dutch major-general Patrick Cammaert.

He added that "allowing the United Nations the lead role in the ports is the vital first step".

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Diplomats said Guterres may propose a surveillance mechanism comprising 30 to 40 observers.

The Riyadh-backed side, which represented former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in the Stockholm talks, were forced to sit for talks with the Houthi Ansarullah movement after their massive operation to seize the port city of Hudaydah failed.

Saudi Arabia formed a coalition allied with Yemen's internationally recognised government which has been fighting the Houthis since 2015.

The conflict has since killed almost 10,000 people, according to the World Health Organization.

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