Over the past three days, representatives of the Houthis and the Yemeni Army have repeatedly accused the Saudi-led coalition of violating the ceasefire regime in the area of the port city of al-Hudaydah in western Yemen.
The ceasefire was formally established there in the framework of the peace negotiations between the Houthis and the coalition in Sweden. However, the ceasefire can hardly be observed on the ground.
According to pro-Houthi sources, the coalition-led forces are actively deploying reinforcements to the countryside of the port city and clashes erupt in its vicinity on a constant basis.
On December 19, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen, condemned Sudan for seeking to retain and even increase its troops involved in operations of the Saudi-led coalition.
“The decision by Sudan’s administration to send more forces to Yemen indicates the Khartoum government’s opposition to the establishment of peace and security in Yemen,” he stated commenting on the situation.
Ali al-Houthi said Sudan wanted to send reinforcements to Yemen while “its president, Omar al-Bashir, was being sought internationally on charges of terrorism and committing some crimes and atrocities in his country, and the Sudanese ruling establishment cannot defend him against the charges.”
If the deployment of additional Sudanese troops in Yemen happens, it will mean that the Saudi-led coalition is in fact preparing for a new round of escalation in the conflict and is not seeking its peaceful solution.